LawnLawn has long been a staple of residential landscaping in all areas of the country. There are few landscape surfaces that provide a continuously green area, while being so flat as to accommodate sports and other outdoor activities.
As with all important landscape elements, lawn needs a good foundation in order to stay green, stay flat, and have the highest resistance to weed invasion. The key to this important foundation is soil preparation.
In the bay area much of the soil lacks organic matter, therefore needing soil amendment. The first step in installing a new lawn is rototilling in this organic soil amendment, leaving the earth loose and able to retain moisture and nutrients. Next we mix in a pre-plant fertilizer to aid in proper root establishment, ensuring the lawn has the best chances of a long green life. Next, we fine grade the area to be sodded, this is critical for ensuring a flat surface for the lawn. If the sod is installed on an uneven surface it is almost impossible to re-grade that surface without tarring out the lawn. Finally, once the earth has been smoothed and contoured we install the sod and set your automatic irrigation system for you, leaving the area almost problem free and soon ready to use.
No-mow lawn is a relatively new product on the market. It is a seed mix of clumping grasses that are rolled out just like regular sod. Mowing is optional but the grass does look more manicured with occasional mowing.
This type of grass is ideal for those who want the look of a green lawn without the weekly maintenance of mowing that adds cost and a bigger carbon footprint. The grass itself has a graceful, meadow type look to it and is therefore not perfectly flat.
Synthetic lawn is another option for the environmentally conscious, or for people who just don’t want the weekly maintenance of a traditional grass lawn. Synthetic lawn is generally more expensive to install but will save in water and maintenance costs over time. This surface is installed on top of a base-rock keeping it flat, but also preventing much water from getting through to the soil. So we like to grade these areas in such a way as to allow water to reach the soil around the surface for a chance to get back into the ground instead of the street drains.