I have assembled some very basic rules regarding the design of a turfgrass lawn. This is provided in a manner for a homeowner, or the do-it-yourselfer, to effectively design an efficient turfgrass lawn.
The design of a turfgrass area should simultaneously be designed with an irrigation design. Too often, the irrigation design is considered an after-thought to the design of the turfgrass area. The results are usually a design where the irrigation design is much more expensive, inefficient or wasteful in terms of water. The image above is an inefficient example of a turfgrass area design.
- The turfgrass area should be no narrower than eight feet in width for effective growth and efficient irrigation practices. A turfgrass strip that is narrower than eight feet requires expensive irrigation technologies, or an irrigation system that tends to irrigate unwanted site elements such as sidewalks or streets.
- The design of a turfgrass area should also consider how the lawn is going to be mowed and/or maintained. The edges of a landscape area must be considered primarily in the design of a landscape. Ideally, a turfgrass area should not be designed in a manner that requires a weed-eater or trimmer. The turfgrass should not directly abut a vertical structure like a house, wall or fence. Not to mention the issues of adding water near the structural components of these vertical features, this condition has associated costs of both time and money.