The Q&A Archives: Plant a new lawn

Question: We want to plant a new lawn this spring. The area is about 2200 sf and is in full sun (the days that we have it) except for a few large trees. We want a grass that is for high traffic areas and will root quickly. Do you recommend doing topsoil and seeding ourselves (if so what kind?) or buying the predone rolls of sod?

Answer: Whether you seed or sod your new lawn, you'll want to do some preliminary soil preparation. Start by rototilling the area to break up the soil. Remove any debris (stones, sticks, weeds, etc.) and then rake the area smooth. Sod produces an almost instant lawn because the grass is mature with a healthy root system. After laying the sod and watering it down well, it only takes a week or two to become firmly established. Seeding takes a little longer, but the results are eventually the same - a lush, thick, healthy lawn. If you decide to seed your lawn, choose a mixture of perennial ryegrass, creeping fescues and bluegrass. This mixture contains both cool season and warm season grasses and will ensure your lawn remains green all summer and winter long. Best wishes with your new lawn!

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