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CARE OF YOUR NEW LAWN
 
 


SOD

WATERING MUST BE STARTED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SOD IS INSTALLED. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT ENOUGH WATER BE PUT DOWN INITIALLY TO THOROUGHLY SOAK THE SOD AND THE SOIL UNDER THE SOD. YOU CAN CHECK THE MOISTURE CONTENT BY LIFTING UP A FLAP OF THE SOD AND STICKING YOUR FINTGER INTO THE SOIL. IT SHOULD BE MOIST SEVERAL INCHES DEEP. BY GIVING THE SOD A HEAVY INITIAL WATERING YOU WILL RID THE SODDED AREA OF POCKETS, WHICH DRY OUT THE SOD. PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE CORNERS AND EDGES OF NEWLY SODDED AREAS, THEY TEND TO DRY OUT SOONER AND THEY ARE HARD TO WATER PROPERLY. YOU MANY HAVE TO HAND WATER THSE AREAS. IF A NEWLY SODDED AREA ACCIDENTLALLY DOES DRY OUT IT WILL PROBABLY TURN BROWN. IT IS NOT DEAD, AND WILL GREEN UP IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS WITH PROPER WATER APPLICATION. AFTER THE INITIAL WATERING, WATER ENOUGH TO KEEP THE SOD MOIST, NOT MUDDY. IN COOL WEATHER THIS MAY MEAN WATERING ONLY EVERY 3 OR 4 DAYS, IN VERY HOT WEATHER YOU MAY HAVE TO WATER DAILY. DO NOT ALLOW THE SOD OR SOIL UNDERNEATH TO DRY OUT COMPLETELY BETWEEN WATERING. IN ABOUT 2 WEEKS THE SOD SHOULD HAVE BEGUN TO KNIT TO THE SOIL UNDERNEATH AND THE WATERING CAN BE LESSENED TO ONCE OR TWICE PER WEEK DEPENDING ON THE WEATHER CONDITIONS. WATER ANYTIME THE SOD HAS DRY PALE BLUE GRAY COLOR OR IF THE GRASS DOES NOT SPRING BACK AFTER WALKING ON IT. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT FREQUENT SHALLOW WATERING ARE NOT GOOD FOR YOUR LAWN. THEY CAUSE THE ROOT SYSTEM TO GROWN NEAR THE SURFACE. WATER LESS OFTEN BUT WATER DEEPLY. OVER TIME THE ROOTS WILL FOLLOW THE WATER DOWN INTO THE SOIL AND YOU WILL HAVE LUSH HEALTHY TURF.




SEEDED LAWNS


FOR NEWLY SEEDED LAWNS, IT IS IMPORTANT TO WATER DAILY FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKS. IF YOU HAVE BETWEEN ONE TO ONE AND A HALF INCHES OF RAIN OR MORE, SKIP A DAY. THE BEST TIME TO WATER IIS IN HE MORNING AND LATE AFTERNOON. DO NOT WATER AT NIGHT AS IT PROMOTES FUNGAL GROWTH. ONCE THE GRASS HAS STARTED, WATER 2-3 TIMES PER WEEK OR MORE IN HOT, DRY WEATHER. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE NEW SEED MOIST, BUT NOT SATURATED.




MOWING


ABOUT TWO WEEKS AFTER INSTALLATION, YOUR NEW LAWN MAY NEED MOWING. IT IS IMPORTANT TO LET YOUR LAWN DRY OUT FOR A DAY OR TWO SO IT FIRMS UP A BIT BEFORE GOING OVER IT WITH A HEAVY MACHINE. MAKE SURE THAT THE MOWING HEIGHT IS SET HIGH FOR THE FIRST FEW MOWINGS. LETTING YOUR LAWN GROW A LITTLE LONGER IS GOOD FOR THE GRASS BECAUSE IT ENCOURAGES A STRONG ROOT SYSTEM. NEVER MOW SHORTER THAN 2: AND NEVER REMOVE MORE THAN 1/3 OF THE GRASS LEAF AT ANY ONE MOWING. USING A MULCHING MOWER IS A GREAT IDEA. IT RETURNS THE CLIPPINGS TO THE LAWN SO THEY CAN CECOMPOSE AND PROVIDE ADDED NUTRIENTS. MULCHING ALSO SOLVES THE GRASS CLIPPING DISPOSAL PROBLEM. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE MOWER BLADE SHARP. A DULL BLACE WILL SHRED THE TOPS OF THE GRASS BLADES, DISCOLOR THE LAWN AND INVITE DISEASE. THE MOVER BLADE SHOULD BE SHARPENED ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR.




MAINTENANCE


CERTAIN MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR A QUALITY LAWN. WE RECOMMEND YOU BEGIN A FERTILIZATION / WEEDING PROGRAM WITH A LAWN MAINTENANCE COMPANY. FEEL FREE TO CONTACT OUR OFFICE FOR RECOMMENDATIONS.