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Feb 28 2019

Landscaping for your New Garage

Posted at 2:50 pm under Lawn and Garden

After the construction of your new garage has been completed, you and your family will be staring at a large patch of dirt. Try to think of it as “tabula rasa” or “blank sheet.” Here it is, a canvas for painting with your landscaping skills. No skills? No worries. There are professionals for that.

Hopefully your construction project has been completed in late spring or early fall, as these are the best times to grow grass. So much has been written about lawn building, you will have no trouble finding information on types of grass seeds and sods that are available and what works best in your region. Decide how much of that dirt patch should be lawn, keeping in mind kids and dogs, swing sets and basketball hoops.

Laying Sod

It’s best to water a new lawn daily until it’s well established. Experts advise watering early in the morning and again in the evening on hot days. Rain gauges will help monitor how much water is being delivered and yes, it is possible to water too much and damage the roots.

Shrubs and hedges, plus flower beds can help create boundaries. Future shade can be created by judicious placement of trees. Consider other shade options for the present like a trellis, arbor or pergola.

While you are painting your blank canvas, don’t forget about water features. Since pipes and water lines are marked, it’s a good time to dig if you plan to install a koi pond, waterfall or fountain beside your new garage.

Consider items like concrete benches, stepping stones, statues and other hardscape features. Installing items that require foundations or leveling will be easier to place on your dirt lot now, rather than digging up an established lawn later.

Of course, no matter how much planning one does, somewhere down the road something will have to go, change, or be replaced. So, don’t be intimated for tomorrow by what you do today. When the time comes, you will be ready to tackle the next landscaping project.

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