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Late summer is a great time of year for many things, but is putting in a new lawn one of them? According to the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension, late summer is the best time of year to seed a lawn in Maine. Why? The soil is still warm enabling grass seed to quickly set roots and establish themselves. Furthermore, weeds are on their way out, meaning less competition with newly seeded grass.

Best Type of Grass Seed

There is no doubt that Maine is a cool weather state with only a few short months of summer sun. This makes choosing the best type of grass seed for a new lawn all the more important. Cool season grasses are the best option because they flourish during the hot days of summer after a long, freezing cold winter. When putting in a new lawn, choose from a variety of cool season grasses depending on traffic and time available for maintenance.

  • Kentucky Bluegrass: Grows dense and bright green to deep blue-green in color. Best used in low-medium trafficked areas.
  • Fine Fescue: Grows bright green in color and grows great in shady areas requiring little maintenance and moisture. Best used in moderately trafficked areas.
  • Tall Fescue: Grows thick and deep green in color. Tolerates highly trafficked areas, heat, and drought. Offers superb disease resistance.
  • Perennial Rye Grass: Grows bright green in color and is known for quick germination. Tolerates highly trafficked areas and requires little maintenance.

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Lawn_grassNow’s a good time to start reseeding your lawn and fixing any dead or bare patches. Before heading to the store and picking up any old bag of grass seed, there are a few things to consider. Choosing the right type of grass seed makes a big difference in how well your lawn grows.

Tips for Choosing Grass Seed

  • Cool/Warm Season Grasses: Choose according to the area in which you live
  • Use of Lawn: Consider use of the lawn and how much wear and tear it will receive and choose a grass that can handle its use
  • Maintenance: How much time do you have to mow, rake and water the grass? Choose a high or low maintenance type of grass seed accordingly

New Lawn Installation in Central Maine

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Garden PathsGarden paths are a great way to add a little something extra to your garden. They add an additional element to your landscaping by bringing texture, color, and beauty to your yard.

Oh ya, if you don’t really care about those things, they allow you to walk from one point to another without trampling over your favorite flowers or veggies.

There are many materials you can use to create your very own garden path. Below is a list of materials that are meant to inspire your very own garden ideas.

Garden Path Idea #1: Decomposed Granite

Decomposed granite resembles smooth, clean dirt. It’s pretty inexpensive to buy, provides excellent drainage, and is easy to install. A tip to installing decomposed granite is to dig your pathway down a few inches, add a layer of the DG, smooth it out, and tamp it down. Then add a little more and repeat the process until your pathway is at a depth you like.

Make sure your final layer of decomposed granite is slightly higher than the area surrounding your path because the DG will settle a bit. Some weeds may grow in this type of material and it can get muddy after a heavy rain.

Garden Path Idea #2: Concrete

Concrete makes a smooth and decorative path. However, it can be pretty tricky to install for some homeowners and once it’s there, it’s hard to remove. Concrete makes a pretty addition because it can be colorized. You can even stamp it or add your own designs to the concrete while it’s still wet to give it your own artistic touch.

If pouring and setting the concrete doesn’t sound like a job for you, then you can always hire a concrete contractor to install the path for you.

Garden Path Idea #3: Stepping Stones

Stepping stones come in a variety of materials including flagstone, brick, and concrete. Make sure you excavate your garden path at least 4″ below the surrounding soils surface. Next, a layer of gravel and sand will have to be applied to keep your garden path level.

Make sure to compact the materials before placing your stepping stones. Then fill in the areas around the stones with more sand. This is a project you can do yourself or hire a general contractor to do  for you.

Garden Path Idea #4: Grass

Grass paths look great sweeping in and out of the garden. This type of path needs weekly attention. It will have to be mowed and watered – especially after planting. A grass garden path can withhold a lot of back and forth trampling.

Garden Path Idea #5: Bark or Pine Needles

These make great garden paths. Simply weed the area where you’ll be installing your garden path and roto-till it as well. Make sure to level the area. You can put down some landscaping fabric to prevent weeds from growing then add at least 2 – 4″ of bark or pine needles.

There are different bark materials to choose from including cedar, fir, or redwood that have been shredded as well as pathway bark. The finer the bark, the smoother your path and the more comfortable it will be to walk on.

Garden Path Idea #6: Gravel

Gravel garden paths are some of the easiest and cheapest to install. Gravel can be purchased from your local general contractor. You’ll need to excavate the area for your garden path, at least a 4″ depth, add your gravel, level and compact.

A gravel garden path needs little maintenance work but can become messy when hit with the mower. Hardly any weeds will grow in the gravel and it adds a nice touch to the garden.

Garden Path Idea #7: Flagstone

Flagstone comes in pieces that are irregular in shape. This is a good thing because you can add gravel, sand, or plant ground cover in between the cracks. You don’t need to excavate the soil under your flagstones.

Simply lay them in place and fill in the spaces between the flagstones with your choice of materials. Be prepared for them to settle a little bit.

Garden Path Idea #8: Ground Cover

Choose from a wide variety of ground covering plants at your local nursery. Ground cover adds a splash of color to your garden and it never needs to be mowed. Some popular plants of choice are Dymondia, Thymes, white clover, and Dichondra.

The choice is yours. If you’re going to order ground cover from a magazine or website make sure it can grow in your area and is not invasive.

Additional Tip: After excavating the area for your garden path you can insert some edging to make your path a little cleaner and smoother. Also, check with your local public works department and see if they have any free pine needles or other path materials to give away.

I hope these garden path materials inspire some of your very own garden ideas. What tips or ideas can you share to help inspire others?

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