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Before you decide what grass to purchase for your lawn take a moment to assess your life and yard to select the best warm or cool-season grass variety for you. Here are some crucial items to think about that will affect your choice of grass.
How will your lawn be used?
Think about where and why you're planting sod. If your installing new grass for your front lawn the use may be more for aesthetics than active use. If planting for your backyard the grass might see more traffic, and if you have children who will play outside frequently or pets that live in the yard, you’ll want to select a more rough and tough variety of grass for your climate zone. If the lawn is just for show, a beautiful but sensitive grass might do well for you.
What are the conditions in your yard?
Does your yard already allow for drainage? Your yard might already have an irrigation system, or you may need to install one. Make sure your yard is or can be well-prepared for the grass you select. If implementing an irrigation system will be difficult, or simply isn't cost effective so it won't fit in your budget consider a grass that won't need so much drainage. Look at the terrain of your yard. Will the area you're planting be easy or challenging to mow? If on a hill perhaps you want to plant a grass that only needs mowing once or twice a month or a grass that looks good if left to grow long.
Assessing sun and shade.
Even if you know what climate zone you live in you’ll still need to assess the sun and shade situation for your yard in particular. Observe your yard throughout the day, over the course of a few days. Track where the sun hits throughout the day and what areas have shade, and at what times. Tracking will help you narrow down your grass selections before you start looking at costs.
How does lawn maintenance fit into your budget? If you want a grass that needs lots of irrigation or regular fertilizer, you'll need to account for the ongoing cost. Make sure you can afford to continue taking care of your lawn over the long term so that you can protect your investment.
With this information you can review the grass varieties available to you, that suit your climate zone and make the best selection. If a lush front lawn or hearty backyard that can handle kids playing is essential to you, discuss your needs with your real estate agent so that they can include information about each lawn in the houses they present you and help you find the right yard for your lifestyle.
100 Merrimack Ave, Dracut, MA 01826
100 Merrimack Ave, Dracut, MA 01826
Selecting a cat to become the newest member of your family can be very exciting. Sometimes, the decision can be easy as falling in love with the cute little sight. However, if you are in search of a specific breed, it may be pretty complicated as you will need to put a lot of time and research into it. Some cats may be appealing to the eyes, but they lack the temperament to be with little children. Others may be too vicious and active which may be a problem if you love having a quiet time in your apartment. Below is a list of the most popular breeds of cat, to help you make you make an easy decision:
Persians are fluffy, regal and very, very beautiful. Short and round with a pretty large head, Persian cats require frequent grooming; so choosing one will be a bad choice if you are not ready to put in enough time and effort to keep them looking beautiful. Persian cats are quiet so if you have loud kids, don't get one.
If you want a cat with a bucket-load of fun, you should get a Siamese cat. They have a short, sleek hair, unique dark points on their ears, tail, and feet that make it look exotic and charming blue eyes that will melt the toughest of heart. Although they have a loud yowling that sometimes can become annoying, Siamese cats are affectionate, full of energy and they don't get cranky if there is another pet in the home. Also, they require little attention.
Big, affectionate, and very fluffy, the Ragdoll loves cuddling. They are very docile, so while they’re very playful with children, they don’t do well if they’re in public. If you have stubborn mice doing a lot of havoc while you are asleep, rest assured it will end up going or dead when a Ragdoll gets into your home, because they are excellent hunters. They require moderate training and are very easy to train.
A Bengal cat is a cross between an Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat. They are sleek, playful, well-muscled and very intelligent. Do you want a cat that stands out from the rest? This is the cat for you. However, they require a large amount of grooming and attention.
These cats are often called tabby or moggies because of the color ratio of their coats. Domestic cats aren’t a specific breed, but rather an amalgamation of different breeds. With that in mind, their temperament varies, but they make lovely pets and are very cheap.
Cats come in different temperaments, shapes, and sizes. So while the beautiful blue eyes of the Persian may seduce you or you may love the intelligence of a Ragdoll, there are other factors to put into consideration before you choose a pet. The payoff with a cat is it will be a companion you and your family will enjoy for years.
Visit the local shelter or consult with the nearest vet and rescue a furry friend for your family!