Lawn tips from our 16 Curb Appeal winners

South Bend, Ind. From weeds to seeds, knowing the do's and don’ts of landscaping can be daunting. That's why the experts at Linton’s Enchanted Gardens are providing helpful advice to maintain a weed free garden.

“For creating a low maintenance landscape the most important thing is starting out with a good quality weed barrier,” says Mark Linton of Linton’s Enchanted Gardens. “This weed barrier is a woven fabric that allows water to go through but prevents weeds from growing up through it. This is one area that you don't want to skimp and save money.”

Mark says make sure you install it correctly! Its fuzzy side down and you put it in after your plants and shrubs are planted.

Once the fabric is down, you're ready for mulch or stone ground cover.

“If you are installing stone ground cover that has dirt incorporated into it, that is actually going to settle on top of your weed barrier and that's an opportunity for weeds to grow, and that's exactly what you don't want to happen,” says Mark.

When it comes to the lawn, problem areas can be replaced by sod or grass seed. There are advantages to both, but you have to keep certain things in mind.

“When you seed a lawn, a seeded lawn takes almost two years of tender loving care to equal freshly installed sod,” explains Mark.

Just like carpeting, the sod is rolled out into place. It's an instant lawn that needs to be watered.

“It has a very small root system,” says Mark. “It needs to be watered in the morning it needs to be watered in the afternoon and also in the evening. Don't let it dry up it is not forgiving.”

To allow the sod to root properly, you'll need to wait about 10 to 14 days before mowing; otherwise, the mower will tear up the new sod.

Later this week, tune in for the final results of our 16 Curb Appea. The historic home has a brand new look thanks to Linton's. We will reveal the landscaping before and after on Thursday, Just Before 6.

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