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Is your backyard working for you?

Spring is almost here and in the south that means picnics, BBQs and enjoying the outdoors. What better place to start enjoying the outdoors than you own backyard. But when you look out your backdoor do you like what you see? If your answer is “not really”, then maybe it is time to consider a lawn renovation.

Evaluating your backyard

The lawn is a fundamental part of most backyard landscapes. It is the canvas on which the rest of design is set. But is your backyard working for you and your unique needs?

Ask yourself the following questions when deciding what grass variety will work best for your unique space and needs:

1. What don’t you like about your current lawn?

Inspect your lawn and be mindful of any issues that need addressing. Are there any dead or damaged areas? Large dirt spots where no grass is growing?  Mostly weeds? Do you notice insect or disease problems?

2. Why are the problems you notice occurring?

Understanding the reasoning behind your currently lawn troubles is imperative when trying to select an alternative solution to your current grass variety. 

  • Did your lawn decline because the lawn isn’t getting enough water?
  • Do you have too much shade?
  • Do you have dogs that like to run the fence line and the grass just doesn’t repair quickly enough?
  • Did you run into an Insect or fungus problem?

All of these problems, alone or in combination with each other, could have been the cause of your lawn’s decline.

yard with shade

3. How much sun does your yard receive?

Think about the amount of time your lawn spends in the sun every day. Take a walk around your property and look to see if there are any shady areas or areas that never get direct sunlight. Does this vary across the full expanse of your yard?have dogs that like to run the fence line and the grass just doesn’t repair quickly enough?

4. Does your space have access to water?

Some grass varieties need more water than others to look their best. Consider if your lawn has a sprinkler system or if your area often mandates water restrictions.

5. Does your grass need to stand up to a lot of foot traffic?

For some lawn owners, just having a lush green lawn which imparts a feeling of well-being and peace is most important. Others want to provide a play space for children that is safe and inviting. Still others are looking for a lawn where pets can run and play.

kids playing soccer on lawn and compacting soil, traffic tolerant grass

Let us help

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Knowing the answers to these important questions will help you choose the best grass type for your landscape.  If you are ready to renovate your lawn, give the Certified Turfgrass Professionals at NG Turf a call, they can walk you through these important factors and help select a grass variety that will work for your specific needs.


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