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Landscaping Tip: Growing Grass in High Traffic Areas

by on August 27, 2014

Are your best efforts to grow a picture-perfect lawn being literally trampled? Growing a lawn that is often traversed by kids and animals can seem like an uphill battle that is often lost; however, there are some landscaping tips that can make the process a little more successful.

The first step is choosing a resilient type of grass and making sure it is well maintained. Landscaping specialists recommend using tall fescue blended with perennial rye grass. Different parts of the country respond differently to various grass types, so it is important to contact your landscaping company and get an expert opinion on your specific location, but tall fescue tends to do well in most climates. Tall fescue also performs well under high-stress conditions such as constant traffic. Regardless of what type of seed you use, what is more important is aerating your lawn once a year (sometimes twice). Core aeration alleviates the compaction that occurs when people and animals are constantly walking over the lawn. An added benefit is that aeration also improves the color and density of your lawn.

Another way to combat the effects of high traffic is to regulate the traffic itself. Instead of allowing your dog to roam free in your yard, take him to a dog park where he can wear himself at the expense of someone else’s lawn. If you have both a front and back yard, have your kids switch their play areas every few weeks to give one area a chance to recover. Even better, send them off to the park as well!

If none of these options are ideal, landscaping professionals recommend artificial turf. It is more expensive than a regular lawn, but its resiliency is much, much higher than a natural lawn.

If you aren’t sure what to do to keep your lawn healthy, contact your local landscaping company and put it in the hands of the professionals!

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