A new home can include the decision to plant a new lawn in the yard...or not. You need to decide what kind of grass to plant, how big that lawn will be, whether you’ll go for seeds or sod, and whether you’ll overseed in the fall as they do at many golf courses or whether you’ll go brown in winter.
WHY DO YOU "WANT" TO HAVE GRASS?
1 | Human beings like to play on grass and so do dogs
If you have kids, grandkids and dogs, grass seems like a necessity for recreation. It allows you to play croquet, football, soccer or set up a badminton net. Over the years, your needs may change, but having irrigation allows for options such as a vegetable garden.
2 | Grass cools off the atmosphere
You’ve probably noticed in summer, it’s a whole lot cooler to walk on grass than on an asphalt street or concrete sidewalk. Lots of scientific studies indicate that planting more grass of some kind plus trees would benefit our concrete- covered big cities.
3 | Grass helps control dust
Lawns can trap dust and some pollen. Although some of us get allergy attacks from the type of grass itself, a lawn can trap pollen from other plants. Then when the grass is watered, those offensive pollen grains wash down into the soil.
4 | The look
Places like Arizona & Nevada may seem grass-free, but for many neighborhoods, part of the beauty is a well-manicured lawns and flowers. And don’t forget the smell of fresh cut grass.
5 | Grass absorbs rain and controls erosion
In addition to the look, grass provides an attractive ground cover to absorb rainwater and controls erosion. Instead of rainwater rolling off into gutters and sewers; it is soaked up in your lawn.
AND WHY MIGHT YOU "NOT WANT" TO HAVE GRASS IN ARIZONA:
1 | Grass lawns are costly to maintain and one of the big expenses is water
Lawns cannot live on rainwater alone; they’re always thirsty. You don’t want to haul a sprinkler around; it’s best to have an automatic sprinkler system. In drought periods, some places – like California – have even ordered homeowners to stop watering their lawns.
2 | Grass lawns can take lots of labor
We’ve mentioned the watering already, then there’s the mowing and the fertilizing that needs doing at least once a month. If you do all these jobs yourself, there will be less expense, of course. But as Mary Irish, former director of public horticulture at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, once wrote: “You must water and care for a lawn always; it never grows up and leaves home.”
3 | You may need to use some chemicals to maintain your lawn
Besides fertilizing, you may sometimes need to fight weeds or insects. Organic solutions are also possible but may require more patience.
4 | Lawns can attract critters
You will also have to deter birds that eat the seeds you sow, rabbits that eat the grass and javelinas that dig up the grass to find the grubs in the soil.
5 | It may be “out of style” to have a lawn in your neighborhood
In fact, in areas with a desert look to the landscaping, grass can be forbidden in front of the house and sometimes in the back. Check with your homeowner’s association about the rules. Nevertheless, grass can be less pricey than other ground covers and certainly costs less than decks and patios do. “Start by asking yourself what the purpose of the lawn will be,” says Jay Harper, owner of Harper’s Nursery. “Plan one in a size that will fit your lifestyle.”
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