Instant Grasstification, now what?

1. First day watering – Check your new sod a few hours after it has been laid by walking on it. If you make deep footprints, it has enough water. If the soil is firm, lift a corner of the sod to inspect. The soil on the back of the sod should be damp to wet. If it is not damp, water at least 30 minutes. If you have a sprinkler system run a manual cycle again until it is damp.
2. Second through fifth day watering – Check your lawn at least one time per day or more than once if it is hot or windy. Walk on the new lawn and inspect it. If the soil is soft and you make deep footprints, or water has puddled in areas, it is too wet and you should stop watering for awhile and reduce the amount of future watering. If the soil is firm, lift a corner of several pieces of sod. The soil should be damp, not dripping wet or dusty dry. Areas where the grass has wilted or turned straw color have not received enough water. Water more often to correct this. Under watered sod usually will turn green again in seven days or so if corrective measures were taken soon enough. Temperatures above 80 generally mean more water is needed, and below 60 mean less water is needed. In the cooler months of March, April, October and November, sod needs much less water.

3. Further watering – After five days or so, the soil has soaked up water like a sponge and you must reduce your watering habits. Begin stretching out the time between watering.
4. Mowing – Mow your new grass when it needs it. Arrange it so you do not water just before mowing to prevent the making of footprints.
5. Fertilization – Do not apply any fertilizer for at least three weeks after installation. Then, fertilize by the program you have selected.
6. Herbicides – Do not apply any crabgrass herbicides for at least one year after installation.

Long term sod care
1. Mowing – From May through mid September, mow at 2 ½ to 3 inches high. From mid September through November, gradually lower the height of each mowing to a final height of 1 ½ inches. Mowing short all year long is bad for your grass.
2. Clippings – It is an option not to collect clippings. Clippings do not add to the thatch but do recycle nutrients to the soil.
3. Watering – Most people tend to over water, even if they have an automatic sprinkler system. Lawns usually need to be watered only from June through early September. During these months, a lawn may need 1-1 ½ inches of water per week, depending on soil type, rooting depth and rainfall received. Water when the soil is dry 5 inches deep, not when a timer says so or when other people water. Water long enough to wet the soil 5 inches deep and wait to water again until the soil is dry down 5 inches. This is watering deeply and infrequently, ten or twenty minutes of watering daily on a healthy lawn is wrong and will cause serious problems. This encourages hardier grass with a deeper root system. You can use a garden trowel or screwdriver to dig or poke in the ground to determine how dry the soil is. How long you water to wet down 5 inches depends on how much your system applies. Experiment with your system to see how much it applies. A lawn can be watered anytime of the day, but it is best to avoid watering in the late afternoon and early evening.
4. Fertilization – It is important to fertilize by a program, whether you hire the work done or do it yourself. Contact one of the many commercial applicators or visit one of the stores in the area that sell a fertilizer program.
Finding an exact match of the numbers on the bag is not essential. If you have extra high expectations for your lawn, it is a good idea to have your soil tested periodically to see if any specific nutrients are needed.


Weather sensing controllers

Want to green up you lawn but want to “Green up” your impact on the earth?

Weather sensing irrigation controller are you ticket.  ET Clocks are another name for these Smart Controllers.    We can replace your old irrigation contoller with a smart controller  and program it in about an hour.  We have tried many brands of ET clocks and have found Weathermatic to be the most user friendly. Please contact us to discuss more!


Rainbird Certification , CAC

We are pleased to announce our employee, Trebor, has become a certified Rainbird Technician.  We now have 4 employees with this certification!  Our goal is to continually educate our employees so that they can serve you better.  More knowledge equals a better service.  Sprinkler systems make life easy when they are properly designed.  Make sure that you talk with your installer about their design knowledge and the equipment they will be using.  We recommend only working with Rainbird, Hunter or Toro for longer trouble free operation.  If you have any questions please feel free to call and discuss your options.


Fall and Winter Watering

A common question we have is about fall and winter water needs for landscaping. Do you need regularly water up until the day it snows? Should you water if we have a warm spell. A few points might answer some of these questions.

How much water does a tree use in the fall?

In the fall cool temperatures and deciduous trees and shrubs losing their leaves dramatically reduces the need of transpiration.  Transpiration (release of water and gases) is a normal function of the leaf.  It occurs day and night.  A plant uses 90% of the water it takes in to perform transpiration, but this reduces dramatically once the tree is entering August.



How much water does my lawn need?

Over watering your lawn causes more damage than a lack of water. Most grasses can handle dry spells, but not flooding. Constant wet soil can cause diseases, compaction of soil, and no air for the roots to breathe. Not to mention we have a hard time not tearing up the lawn when it’s wet!

Most grasses require 1″ – 1.5″ of water per week. This is enough water to moisten the soil to 4″ – 6″ below the surface for clay soils and 8 – 10″ for sandy soils. Each lawn is so different you need to keep track of how much water is needed for your lawn to do well. Keeping these notes will help you as you change your schedule according to the weather. Spring and Fall watering is very different from July and Aug. The fun part is guessing how much water the sky put down and how much your sprinkler system or you should water. So either have a rain guage to see how much has fallen and adjust or have us put in a weather sensing controller. These controllers update multiple times in a day and reduce or increase the water according the weather at your house!

Water early in the morning when there is little wind and no sun to evaporate the water. Have your sprinkler system off roughly 24 hours before we come to mow.

If in doubt test your lawn. If it’s green and lush give it less water and see what it does, it may not need all you are giving it.

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