Patti Moreno the Garden Girl installs an eco lawn. This lawn needs little watering, no fertilizer and doesn't need to be mowed. It is the perfect for the city, and can grow in bad soil and even in the shade. It is made of a blend of seven types of...
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How-to-Install-an-Eco-Friendly-Lawn Patti Moreno: Steve can I ask you why did you decide to install an eco-lawn here? Steve: First off, it is environmentally friendly. It is maintenance free. This lawn I do not fertilize. I don’t cut. I don’t water. It’s drought resistant, it’s insect resistant. It seems that the more you walk on it, the more it loves it and it just didn’t exactly what it’s suppose to do. Patti Moreno: I’m planting an eco-lawn. It’s the ultimate low maintenance lawn seed perfect for the urban landscape. It’s made up of seven different varieties of fescue grass and fescue grasses require 75% less water than a traditional lawn. What’s great about eco-lawn and the fescue grasses is that it can grow in shape. It can also grow in soils that are pretty poor, that are rocky or sandy. This area right here is the perfect place to actually plant this eco-lawn. It is going to look beautiful. You do want to keep in mind that it’s multi phase process so phase one is obviously preparing the ground for actually planting the seed and since we’re basically starting from scratch here I’m just breaking off all of the debris, any twigs, any sort of little pieces of rock. I’m also scouring the earth a little bit and that’s really going to help when I lay down the seed. What’s going to happen is the grass is going to grow in the spring but there are going to be patches where the seed hasn’t exactly taken home. So as it’s growing I’m going to take a look at those patches and I’m going to fill them in with some more eco seed. It’s going to take about 7 to 15 days for your eco-lawn to start germinating but in the mean time you want to make sure that you water it. Now, if you decide you want to water it once a day then you have to be consistent throughout that first month. We are going to pretty, regularly go through our lawn and any leaves that will fall in we want to make sure that we lightly rake them up. We don’t want to disturb the soil, we don’t want to disturb the seeds but we do want to remove any of those leaves while this lawn is establishing itself. Basic rule of thumb with an eco-lawn is that it’s quick to germinate but slow to grow. So your lawn is going to be relatively short for a longer period of time. So, you’re not going to need to mow as often or at all and as soon as it grows to a certain height about five inches it just starts flopping over and it is beautiful. This grass seed can be spread all the way around trees, hedges anywhere that you would want grass. Now, for those of you who already have an existing lawn and want to convert it into an eco-lawn, the first thing is you’re going to have to do is mow, and you want to mow it down as low as you can go. Then you’re going to take it, and you’re going to rake it, and you’re going to rake all of that including any twigs or any other debris. So I’ve got my push mower here and in this section I’ve got a pretty good amount of grass growing here so I’m going to take my push mower and I’m going to mow this whole area. The best part for me is that it’s fun. If you have an area that’s really full of weeds what you can do is you can just go through with the mower and mow them down as low as you can get them or what you can do is you can go through and just pull them up by hand. You can also of course use an organic herbicide to get rid of any of those weeds but I’m not going to spend the time or the money to do that. I’m just going to go through and get that extra workout and pull all these weeds up myself. Then I’m going to go through and rake them all up and pop them in the compost bin. I’ve got my eco-lawn seed here and this historic moment is now happening. I’m installing my eco-friendly grass seed. Initially what you want to do is you want to use a 100% of the recommended amount faced on the square footage that you have. A five pound bag of seed covers around the thousand square feet. I’m using this hand spreader which is working beautifully but if you have a

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