Frequently Asked Questions
When should I start mowing my newly sodded lawn?
Wait until the sod is rooted down before mowing. Try lifting the sod in the middle of a roll of sod to test if it has rooted to the underlying soil. If you can no longer lift up the sod in the middle or on the edges of the sod roll, raise the mower to the highest mowing height and mow your lawn on an angle the first time. Gradually lower the height of the cut to a minimum of 3" and change your mowing patterns on the subsequent mowings. Remove no more than 1/3 of the leaf surface at any one time.
When should I fertilize my newly sodded lawn?
After one growing season, use a proper fertilization program.
How long does it take for grass seed to grow?
It takes 6–14 days for grass seeds to germinate, depending upon the time of year. It takes about a month to see relatively complete coverage.
Can I walk on my newly seeded lawn?
Yes, but try to minimize the impact during the first three weeks. This will reduce footprints, insuring the soil beneath the turf will compact more evenly, while reducing the damage to the grass seedlings.
At what height do you cut the lawn?
From late April to late November we use a 3" mowing height. This is when your lawn is most actively growing. It is also in the recommended range of height of cut by Rutgers University, one of the worlds leading turf research Universities in the world. During early Spring and late Fall we will lower the height of cut to 2.5 to 2.75.
Why is mowing at the right height and alternating patterns of cut so important?
The right height will cause less damage to the blade of grass so the plant is under less stress. This in turn will allow for better vigor which in itself will help shade, fend off weeds and protect against insect damage.
Do you provide shrub pruning?
Yes, we do.
How do plants and trees help?
Plants and trees absorb ozone-damaging pollutants, produce oxygen and help keep temperatures down and according to the Plants for Clean Air Council, efficient landscaping can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 20%.
Why should I have mulch on my property?
Mulch provides the following benefits for planting when done correctly: For shrubs and ornamental trees, a mulch base of 3"-4" is recommended. It helps to keep weeds in check, retains moisture in the soil and adds organic matter to the soil as it decays. Woody, ornamental and evergreen trees do not need or want their soil cultivated around their roots.
How about mulching annuals or perennials?
Mulch should be limited to 1"-2". Ideally a mulch compost mix would be a better choice. Unlike ornamentals, annuals and perennials like loose, tillable soil, so too much is not good.
How often should I water?
Turf grass should be watered 3/4" - 1" per week. Shrubs and trees should receive deep watering 1-2 times per week. Annual and perennials should be watered 2-3 times per week. This answer is for established landscapes.
Can you install one tree?