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First Lawn

Posted by Xahk Florida (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 13, 12 at 16:37

Hello everyone, I recently moved into a new townhouse and for the first time have a backyard (incredibly small as it is). I would like to have some actual grass and a pleasant looking yard. I have no experience with gardening and I'm not really sure where to begin. If anyone has any advice on how to start a project like this I would really appreciate it.


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RE: First Lawn

I'd begin by getting rid of that weed tree at your fence. Looks like it may be an Ailanthus - Tree of Heaven. But whatever sort of tree it is, it will take out the fence.

I doubt you truly want grass if the only place for it is in the square at the upper right of your picture. (With a mini-lawn there, recall that you'll also need a mower.)

How about getting a low growing green-all-year groundcover instead? And/or some perennials, flowering & evergreen?

If you're new to Florida, contact your county's Extension Service office as they can make appropriate suggestions. locate your office with this map http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/

And/or go to a nearby large garden center. Nowadays most have consulting services priced at various levels such as these-
- look at your pictures and suggest
- come to your place to look & suggest
- for a fee, draw a plan for you
- for a fee, send out a crew to install what you want

Here is a link that might be useful: locate your county's Extension Service office


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RE: First Lawn

  • Posted by Xahk none (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 2, 12 at 13:13

Thank you for your advice, I ended up installing some palmetto sod, they say it should be good in direct sunlight for most of the day. and I laid down about an inch of lawn soil beforehand. And I guess at some point during the year I should use some fertilizer? so hopefully it'll turn out okay after a while.


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It looks very nice - good luck with it!


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