The Q&A Archives: lawn in my back yard

Question: i live in Brooklyn N.Y. What would be the best grass to grow in my backyard, and how do i get it started right?

Answer: This is a very complex question, so you may want to work with your local county extension to develop a lawn establishment and maintenance plan tailored for your yard that takes into account the growing conditions there -- if it is sunny or shady, extra wet or dry, and what kind of soil you have. One of the first things you will need to do is run some basic soil tests, and they can help with the tests and interpreting the results. Based on the test results you can begin preparing your soil. This step is really important as you need to have healthy roots before you can have a healthy lawn. It is a little bit late in the spring to be seeding or sodding because new grass becomes stressed by the high temperatures of summer. If you can, the best time to rejuvenate or completely redo a lawn is early September. In the meantime you may want to look at the information at the Cornell Cooperative Extension's Homeowner Lawncare and Water Quality Almanac. It offers month by month tips and some general information. Here is the page about different types of grass and where they will grow best to help you get started. There are links to the rest at the bottom of that page. You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly. Good luck with your lawn!

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