OT: Seeking advice for new lawn
Posted by Ben OK on 6/4/2017, 10:28 pm
So I am looking for some different perspectives here as I prepare to start a new lawn from scratch. |
I hope to be finished building a new home here in the Tahlequah/Lake Tenkiller area of Northeast Oklahoma by the end of the month. I will be starting with a yard (currently bare dirt and rock) somewhere between 1/3 and a 1/2 acre. The lot is 5 acres, but we left most of it wooded.
I am trying to decide what type of turf grass to use for my lawn. Bermuda is by far the most common turf grass in Oklahoma, with good reason. Some of the other warm season grasses cannot take the cold of our winters...while many cool season grasses require lots of shade and heavy watering to survive our hot summers. My yard will be sunny except, of course, for the shade cast by the trees around the edges of the yard and the house itself.
So I think I could grow bermuda without any trouble if I want. My limitations are that we are nearing the end of the building process and I don't have a bunch of extra money to burn. So I will be growing my lawn from seed, not sod. I would like the best looking, lowest maintenance, lowest cost lawn possible. I feel like my only other good option is zoysia seed. I think zoysia would also do well here (zone 7a, avg 48 inches of rain per year).
The pros of zoysia from what I can tell: slower growing, lower fertilizer requirements, less agressive spreading into beds. The cons: the seed is a decent bit more expensive, slower and harder to establish from seed, slower growth means slower to recover from heavy traffic.
Bermuda pros: quick and easy establishment (I've had success with seed before), cheaper and easier to find, recovers quickly from traffic damage, and I could buy an improved variety for less than the cost of any zoysia seed. Cons: more frequent mowing, higher fertilizer requirements, constant battle to keep it out of garden beds.
I'll be living in a rural area with no need to impress the neighbors with my lawn, but I am tempted by the idea of mowing less frequently. Do any of you have any thoughts or experience that might be helpful?
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