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The Real Cost of an Enviable Lawn

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-06-21T15:54:22Z

Photograph by Nigel Cattlin/Getty Images

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There's grass, and then there's grass. Some grass, such as Bahiagrass, grows better in hot, sunny climates. Other kinds, such as Kentucky Bluegrass, thrive in cooler, shadier climates, according to A purist approach doesn't pay off: Grass grows best and becomes the most durable when many varieties are grown together.

Here's the estimated cost of reseeding a half-acre lawn in suburban New Jersey:

$174: Scott's Turf Builder Grass Seed Sun and Shade Mix, 3 bags -- Home Depot
$75: Scott's Edge Guard Pro 15,000-square foot broadcast spreader to spread the seeds -- Home Depot

Running Tally: $249