So, you've decided to bite the bullet and re-lay your lawn or convert something that is pretty much a mud patch into a nice grassed area. One of the things you will be facing is the decision as to which type of grass to use.
We should declare openly upfront that you won't find specific recommendations here. This article can't recommend grass 'A' or grass 'B' in isolation. There are simply too many variables that need to be taken into account before reaching any such decision.
What we can do here is to highlight some of the factors that you should be taking into consideration before you make that decision.The Soil Type
Even two soils (substrates) that look and feel identical, can have very different chemical compositions.
Then there are those soils that are self-evidently very different from each other. For example, soil with a high chalk content is likely to look, feel and even smell significantly different to one that is largely composed of clay.
Many types of grass seed (including ready-to-lay turf) have been prepared by evolution to be rather more successful in some types of soil than others. In addition to that, selective breeding has enhanced that, meaning that some types of grass will do exceptionally well in certain categories of soil whereas they'll fail dismally in others.
So, you're going to need to understand the type of soil you have. A good starting point is to purchase a modest-cost soil testing kit and get to grips of the basics of understanding your soil chemistry and composition.Drainage
Whatever type of soil you have, it may or may not be prone to becoming either very dry or by contrast, retaining water.
Yet again, it is important to understand that before selecting your type of grass.
A good 'homespun' test is to walk on your existing lawn or perhaps on the ground where your lawn is going to be laid, a few hours after you've had some rain. If you can see surface level puddles or the grass / soil is still feeling soggy underfoot then it probably indicates that your ground is prone to water retention.
Another good way to check that is to see whether or not you are leaving long-lasting surface level indentations in existing grass as you walk - though don't do these tests immediately after rainfall to give the water at least some time to drain away first.Usage
Once you've established the soil composition and its relative drainage, you need to spend some time thinking about what you plan to use your lawn for.
If it's only going to be looked at out of your windows or for impressing the neighbours, you can probably get away with using a relatively fine and soft grass. On the other hand, if you have several kids and their friends who will be playing football and cricket on it then you may need to be looking for a variety that is guaranteed to be rugged and hard wearing.
Although not everybody would agree, the more rugged grasses tend to look perhaps not quite so pristine when you are close-up as the finer decorative grasses. They may though, in some situations, be far more practical and long-lasting.Take Advice
Nobody is likely to know the prevailing conditions in your local area better than a nearby professional farm machinery trader.
It might be well worth popping in to see them or giving them a quick call to ask their advice.
A quick 'freshening up' of your lawn is not likely to be massively expensive but if you are laying it from scratch or re-laying it, the costs may be more substantial.
Therefore, the selection of the type of grass you use it's not something you'll want to get wrong.
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