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Consider how much turf you require. Unless you have an actual need for a big lawn, such as hosting regulation tackle football games, there's no reason to support the typical suburban 1/3 acre of turf. Grow lawn where it will really be used, and use the rest of the space for perennial beds, an orchard, vegetable gardens, or native plantings. Your costs will go down and benefits will go up, and the environment will love you. Never use a lawn for ornamental purposes.

Create a long, narrow lawn that allows for most normal uses and cuts the unnecessary girth. A gardener I once met called this design a lap lawn.

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