Lawn & Plant Care Guide
Mowing Practices for Established Lawns
The first cut in the Spring should be done at 2.5 inches. This will remove a lot of grass and open the root crown to the air and allow the soil to warm up faster. This is done around mid-April.
Your second mowing should be done at a height of 3 inches. By your third mowing you should be cutting your grass to a height of 3.5 inches. This allows the turf grass to fill in nice and thick helping prevent weed growth and promoting deep root growth.
Watering Instructions for New Landscape Plants
Care for Newly Planted Trees
Trees enjoy a hose set on a slow trickle for 40 minutes (average 10-15 gallons) a day for 3-4 weeks; longer if during major heat. After 4 weeks water trees every other day for 40 minutes.
Care for Perennials and Shrubs
Shrubs and perennials will require water after planting. Generally it will take 4-6 weeks for most plant material to fully acclimate to a landscape. Watering should be everyday to maintain a moist soil but, not saturated soil. Water your perennials and shrubs 20-30 minutes a day with a sprinkler or a soaker hose. If excessive heat and dry weather twice a day may be necessary.
Care for New Sod Lawns
Sod requires a great deal more water because it is already established turf with a root zone that is only ½” to 1” thick. Keep sod wet but not saturated until sod has rooted to the existing soil. You can easily tell when you can no longer lift the sod off the ground.
Example: Weeks 1-2 water 3 times a day 30-40 minutes every day. Weeks 3-4 water 3 times a day every other day at 25 minutes a time.
Slit seeded/over seeded lawns require slightly less water as a newly seeded lawn.
Weeks 1-2 water lawn twice a day for 20 minutes.
Weeks 3-4 water lawns 3 days a week 20 minutes
Week 5 water lawn as normal.
Care for Newly Seeded Lawns
Newly seeded lawns take 7-14 days to germinate. These areas must be kept moist but not saturated until seed begins to grow.
Weeks 1-2 water every day 3 times a day 10-15 minutes.
Weeks 3-4 water 3 times a day 3 days a week for 10-15 minutes.
Week 5 water 3 days a week once a day for 20 minutes.
Week 6 and on water lawn as normal.