How to Grow a New Lawn That Thrives

Your New Lawn Starts Here

On this page you’ll find a number of articles and guides that will help you successfully establish your new lawn. Generally there are three good options for starting a lawn from scratch. They are:

  • Planting Grass Seed the least expensive option, but the one that requires the most time and effort.
  • Hydroseeding an expensive option that can reduce the margin for error when compared to traditionally planted grass seed.
  • Installing Sod – the most expensive option, can be completed in a weekend.
These two articles will help you explore the differences between these approaches to starting a new lawn and may help you determine which project is right for you and your circumstances:

I have articles about all three topics which you’ll find linked below. Whichever method you choose, watering your new lawn properly is critical to the development of a healthy root system. Deep, healthy roots will support your new lawn long-term and help it stand up to the heat and drought conditions that test every turfgrass lawn.

Starting a Lawn from Seed

In this section you’ll find a collection of how-to guides and articles that will help you get great results establishing a new lawn from seed. You’ll find information about when to plant seed, how to prepare your soil, troubleshooting problems, and more.

Starting a Lawn by Installing Sod

In this section you’ll find a collection of how-to guides and articles that will help you get great results when ordering, installing, and establishing your new lawn from farm-raised turfgrass sod.

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