Change Your Home One Step at a Time

Change Your Home One Step at a Time

Putting In A Lawn? 2 Ways To Protect Your New Grass From Damage

by Aiden Carroll

After staring at a muddy landscape riddled with sporadic weeds, you might be ready to prepare the soil and put in a lawn. Unfortunately, if you simply slap down a pallet of sod and turn on your sprinklers, it might not be enough to keep your new grass pristine. Here are two ways to protect your new grass from future damage, so that you can enjoy your yard:

1: Install A French Drain System For Your Downspouts

Spring showers might be great for your lawn, but muddy puddles can make a mess of your landscaping. Unfortunately, if you have traditional rain downspouts, extra water can pool around your home—drowning your flowerbeds, killing your grass, and prompting fungal growth. Fortunately, professional builders and landscapers have developed ingenious drainage systems called French drains.

When French drains are installed, long, dark tubing is connected to the ends of your downspouts and then run underneath the soil. However, instead of simply depositing the water into a bed of solid dirt or clay, French drains are enclosed in a bed of gravel. This gravel allows the water to be dispersed evenly into the surrounding area, protecting your lawn against marshy spots.

In addition to hydrating your lawn with natural rainwater, French drains also protect your curb appeal. Because the dark hoses that connect your downspouts to the drainage system run right into the ground, you won't be left looking at muddy downspouts or pools of standing water. Also, since French drains move water away from your home, you might have fewer problems with water seeping into your basement or damaging your foundation. You can learn more about this option by contacting a local french drain installation company like Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc.

2: Have Your Grass Sprayed for Insects

Unfortunately, extra water isn't the only villain that can wreak havoc on your brand new lawn. Those tender blades of grass might become a tempting meal for insects that could completely obliterate your new yard. Here are a few insects that could damage your grass and how you can detect trouble early:

  • Grasshoppers: Your children might have a blast trying to catch a few grasshoppers, but after you see what they can do to your lawn, you might grab a net and start chasing them yourself. In addition to eating grass blades and leaving behind yellowed spots, grasshoppers can also feed on beneficial insects such as Ladybugs, so that other harmful pests can infest the area.    
  • Chinch Bugs: Not all lawn-infesting insects are as easy to spot as grasshoppers. Chinch bugs are so tiny that they can hide between the folds of the grass blades, but they are just as damaging to your lawn. Chinch bug attacks mimic the look of a lawn that has experienced a drought. To detect chinch bugs, cut the top and bottom off of a tin can and then set it on your lawn. Fill the can up with water. If pests float to the top, you might have a problem.
  • Grubs: If you think that your lawn is safe because you can't find pests hiding in the grass, think again. Grubs are small caterpillars that eat away at grass roots, killing entire patches of your lawn at once. To spot grub problems, look for irregularly shaped dead patches in an otherwise well-irrigated lawn. Using a garden trowel, peel back a section of the sod to see the dirt underneath. If you find larvae or strange caterpillars, your lawn could be infested.  

To fend off lawn damage caused by insects, hire a professional exterminator to treat your lawn. By spraying residual insecticides and targeting larvae, your grass might have the chance to grow in peace.

By taking the right steps to care for your lawn, you might be able to save money and a lot of time. 


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Change Your Home One Step at a Time

The best way to handle major home renovations is to take them one step at a time. Instead of trying to change your whole home at once, start small. I started with the guest bathroom, then the guest bedroom, then moved on to my kids’ rooms, my bedroom, and the living room. Now I’m working on remodeling the kitchen. I started this blog to help other people who are attempting major home renovations. I’ll show you how to change your whole home by breaking it up into manageable chunks. Wondering which kitchen counters are right for you, or how to add more space to your bedroom? We’ll go over the pros and cons of different materials and discuss DIY renovation projects. Before you know it, you’ll have created your dream home.