I'm not much of a lawn person; I'd prefer a yard full of perennials, rock, and native grasses. I feel that plants accent a home more beautifully, with their wild, diversified shapes, and in many ways, are less maintenance. I love the texture that a perennial garden adds to a landscape versus a large patch of grass, perfectly manicured. But, I'm a bit alone with my opinion on grass, my family loves grass, and we have Kentucky Bluegrass, which is soft and wonderful for sitting on during those perfect summer days.
Whatever type of grass you grow, with a little effort and maybe a few helpful guides, you'll be able to create a beautiful lawn.
A lawn requires maintenance, but once you reach overall health, it shouldn't take much to maintain a beautiful yard.
You'll have to cut the lawn either weekly or biweekly, depending on the growth. If you have a large lawn you may want to invest in a riding mower. This can be fun for the kids in the household.
Upon moving to Colorado we have learned about lawn aeration (which we didn't do), but it's supposed to improve the health of the lawn.
If you ever notice a grassy area covered with little dirt plugs, it's probably from aeration (holes punched out of the yard).
Watering can be a tricky formula, and many factors affect the amount of water your yard will require. New sod requires substantial amounts of watering, and established yards will likely require minimal watering. A sprinkler system is ideal for maintaining a lawn, but low profile storage tanks can also be helpful.
Dog urine can damage your lawn, we are currently dealing with this issue. There are several patches in our yard that have a yellow color, where the grass appears to be straw-like. We're still learning about how to deal with this issue; it is certainly frustrating.
*This is a collaborative post.