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.
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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.