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Photo 5 of 9New sod

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The following is a list of plants (including turf) for this makeover:
Sod
This project requires about 625 square yards of Kentucky bluegrass. This cool-season grass has a long growing; it does most of its growing during spring, fall and winter and slows down during the hottest months.
Laying sod
Tips for installing turf:
Install along the longest straight line (like a driveway or sidewalk)
Push edges together tightly. You don't want gaps, but avoid stretching the turf.
Stagger joints in a bricklike fashion.
Use a sharp knife to trim edges.
Avoid small strips on outer edges as they won't retain moisture.
Water new sod within an hour of laying it and water regularly for first two seasons to establish root system.
Avoid mowing new sod until it is four to five inches long.
Water every day or so after we plant it for first three weeks to help it establish.
If you step on this grass and it takes a while for your footprint to disappear, the grass needs water.

Japanese hydrangea vine
Climbing vine grows up flat, vertical surfaces.
Prized for its heart-shaped leaves and white hydrangea-like flowers.
Blooms in June-July
Slow to establish, but once it does, it's beautiful.
USDA Zones 5-8
Maintenance tip: Prune in late winter or early spring before new growth.

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