Jobs for the week

t If you are seeding a lawn for play, make sure your seed mix includes rye grass, which is tough.

t Be practical if you are short of time. Keep the shape simple, so the area can be easily mown without having to back in and out of awkward corners.

t If using curves, draw them with a compass when preparing a design, one flowing into another. Curved lawns can lead the eye away from stiff, geometric boundaries to create a softer, more interesting look.