Saturday, April 17, 2010

Patchy, Bald, and Brown

Otherwise known as, my yard.

What the heck is going on with this grass?

I think the patchy and no grass areas can be attributed to the maple tree in the front yard. At least in my entirely un-expert opinion. far as I can see there are three options. All options would require me to prep the lawn - somehow....
  1. Lay down grass seed. The pro's of this is that it's probably the most cost-efficient option of getting grass.  However, from what I've read I'd need to do something to protect the seeds from being eaten by critters and it would take the longest amount of time.
  2. Get roll out grass.  This doesn't look terribly pricey and seems to be pretty easy. Just roll out and water.  Would take time for the grass to come out, but I wouldn't have to worry about the critters and other problems with seeding.
  3. Get sod. Bam and I'm done. Pricey though. I'm also worried about spending that kind of money and not having the results I want.
I am kind of leaning towards option 2.  Has anyone heard of or used this product before?  What is the best way to prep for it? Till?

Do you think option 2 is a bad idea? What would you do?

1 comment:

  1. Joseph's Grandma PatApril 18, 2010 at 7:55 AM

    I am not an expert in anything, especially green, but I know sod is expensive and requires tons of watering. We never had it, but some neighbors had. It's gone now with normal grass in its place and receipts of very pricy water bills. Don't know anything about option 2. We always just planted a bunch of grass seed after loosening the soil and covered it with peat moss (fertilizer type stuff and it holds moisture). It's dirty but it works. You could use straw, but we, well I, just supervise, Joe prefers the peat moss and he says you should have some grass in 3 weeks, fingers crossed...Try to water it every day, or every other day. That's just our way, don't know if it's the best way... Or green grass colored spray paint, now that's my idea of a quick solution!!! Good luck!