The time has come to select new turf for your residential or commercial property. Whether you’re tasked with replacing the old grass on your lawn or install new sod for a recently completed construction project, there are a lot of important factors that need to be taken into consideration. Choosing the right grass that works in compliance with your local climate isn’t always easy, but consulting lawn and landscape maintenance experts in your area is a great place to start.
Regardless of the route you choose to take, here are some factors that you should think about when selecting turf for your property.
How Much Traffic Will the Lawn Be Exposed to?
According to the Professional Lawn Care Association of Ontario, the three most commonly used turf varieties in this province are Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescue, and perennial ryegrass. Out of the three, Kentucky bluegrass is arguably the most durable cool season grass, which is important if your grass is expected to withstand a lot of foot traffic like kids and pets running around on it. Not all grass mixtures are able to withstand constant usage, so that’s something you need to think about.
How Much Does the Grass Need to Be Watered?
Regardless of the variety, newly laid sod requires constant watering. In fact, most contractors will probably recommend that you water your new sod for at least three hours a day for the first little while. That can certainly put a large dent in your monthly water bill. If you’re worried about how much water your grass will need, then it’s best to choose one that can naturally retain more moisture, thus reducing the watering frequency and amount.
Soil Type and Requirements
The type, health, pH levels, and care requirements of your soil are also important factors to consider when choosing turf. If you live in Ontario, then you’re most likely going to select one of three grass species mentioned above. Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass are partial to fertile soil that’s well-drained. That means the soil should be porous enough to allow the water to percolate through it so that it reaches the grass roots and provides them with the moisture, oxygen, and nutrients they need to survive.
Local Climate Conditions
As with any other type of greenery, certain grass species require specific climate conditions to survive. For instance, even the most cold-resistant grass varieties, which are common in Ontario, require a minimum of three to four hours of sunlight exposure. When it comes to choosing the right grass for your property, you need to take local and regional weather conditions and temperatures into account.
Finally, the most important factor to think about is the maintenance requirements. Ask yourself how much time, energy, money, and resources you’re willing to commit to proper lawn maintenance? Certain turf varieties are higher maintenance than others, so you need to ensure that you’re up to the task before choosing one.
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