After years of helping homeowners install their lawns, we have developed the following list of recommendations to assist you in making your lawn a beautiful, green reality. The condition and appearance of your lawn is now entirely up to you, and with the following tips, you’ll be well on your way to a beautifully landscaped home.
- Watering should start immediately after seeding and mulch application. Water thoroughly, especially in corners and off-shaped areas. Moistened straw does not readily blow about and the seed must be moist to germinate. Be sure straw remains uniformly spread. If straw is piled too thickly, seed will be smothered. If it is too thinly spread, the result will be bare spots.
- Begin watering with the sprinkler farthest away from the house. Each time you reposition, move the sprinkler closer to the house. This will help eliminate puddles. If you are planning to purchase a sprinkler, look for a good quality impulse sprinkler. This style is the most reliable in providing even water coverage.
- You will have to mow in about a week. Do not water the lawn a day or two in advance so you can walk without making footprints. In case of a steady rain, hold off mowing until the lawn is firm enough. Sinking in the new sod will ruin the lawn for future mowings. Rake off the excess clippings or let them remain. Mowing should only be done if the grass has grown to a height of 2 inches you should begin mowing. Be sure the mower blades are sharp, and the height adjustment is set to cut at 2-2 1/2″ inches. You do not need to remove the straw. It will naturally decompose. Any sparse areas should be covered with grass clippings or straw to protect the area until the grass has settled in.
- Use a light, push mower. Under no conditions should you use a riding mower. You will leave ruts in your new sod, making future mowings a nightmare. Be sure the mower blades are sharp and the height adjustment is set to cut at 2 1/2″. For the last mowing in fall, drop the mower down to about 1″ and rake up the debris.
- After three or four weeks, or when the lawn starts to fill in nicely (this depends on the growing season), water to a depth of four to six inches. This encourages a good deep root system. Experts say optimum growth requires an inch of water per week throughout the growing season.
- Annual weeds are a pesky problem. Most will disappear with proper lawn mowing. Do not apply weed killer until fall, when small broadleaf weeds appear. Call us for details.
- Your new lawn rapidly uses up the fertilizer applied at installation. A yellowing of the grass tells you when more fertilizer is needed. Call us for recommendations about current and future fertilizing needs.