The primary goal for reshaping the lawn is to accommodate a new feature, such as a newly planted tree or an island flower bed. You could also transform an existing area by expanding the space of a shrub border. Thoughtful reshaping can make any changes blend in smoothly with the rest of the yard.
The most important step in changing the design of your lawn is working out the new layout on paper. Sketch out the existing border and experiment with new shapes until you hit on the one that will sufficiently incorporate the element you are planning to add to your yard.
Once you are pleased with the new shape, lay out the new line on the lawn. Use a garden hose, rope, turf paint, or any other temporary marker to transfer the drawn design onto the lawn. View the change from different places in the yard. If the new shape is suitable, begin cutting it out.
Reshaping not only involves cutting out sections of lawn, it may also entail adding turf to fill in a new shape. To create new areas of lawn, use sod you have cut from other areas however, transplanted sections of lawn can experience shock. Minimize the effects of changes made to your lawn by giving more water to these sections. You can also purchase strips of sod from a nursery. Sod strips should be weed free and moist. For best results add an even layer of natural organic lawn compost before laying down sod.
If the edge of the lawn is susceptible to damage after reshaping, shield it by installing a solid edging such as wood sections or brick. Fertilize with a slow release, high potassium fertilizer immediately after reshaping to help preserve healthy root systems. Be sure to fertilize right up to and along the edges. Water well so that the roots and soil underneath are completely soaked.
If you plan on reshaping a large area of your lawn, consider renting a turf cutter. A turf cutter can quickly and simply remove large sections of turf and can be rented at a local tool center.
The best time to make alterations to the lawn is when it is actively growing, so that the roots have an opportunity to become established after the change. If you live in cold areas and have cool season grasses such as Kentucky Bluegrass, wait until the grass is a rich green before reshaping. Cutting damp or partially frozen turf makes the job harder and can harm the roots. In warm areas, with grasses such as Zoysiagreass, reshape them early in summer before extremely hot weather sets in.
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