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Protecting Your Investment – Landscaping Tips and Tricks

So the landscaping on your new home is finally in and your property is looking beautiful! Now what? How do you protect this investment in your new property? We have assembled some useful tips below to help ensure that your lawn grows and stays healthy for years to come!

Sod Watering

  • Directly after you lay your lawn down, water it. It should be to the point where the soil is moist 1″ below the sod.
  • Don’t miss any corners or edges! They tend to dry out a little quicker then the central parts and are often missed. Also look for areas touching heat-radiating surfaces, they might need a little extra love as well.
  • As a general rule your grass should get about 1″ of water per week, and that number includes rain. Try to keep track, and remember that infrequent and light watering will stop deep root growth, while over saturating the lawn will prevent air from getting to the roots. If you water evenly and slowly, your grass will stay hydrated as the water will have a chance to get to the soil without running off.
  • If you water your lawn in the morning or during your evening you’ll save the water lost to evaporation mid-day and you won’t be burning your newly planted stems!
  • The schedule below will optimize growth and health in the first three weeks. Check it out:

 

Day

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Week 1

W

W

W

W

 

 

M

Week 2

W

 

W

 

W

 

M

Week 3

 

W

 

 

 

 

M

Legend

W = Water

M = Mow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sod Mowing

  • Nice sharp mower blades will cut the grass instead of tearing it. This way, you will decrease water loss and the chances of diseases!
  • Mulching lawnmowers are great! They distribute the freshly cut grass back onto the lawn where it will fertilize the lawn naturally.
  • As a general rule, grass should be an approximate height of of 2-3” (5-8 cm). Grass that is too long will actually thin out the lawn and make it a little more prone to weed infestations – ick!
  • And remember, don’t cut more than 1/3 of your grass at once.

General Lawn Tips

  • As some sod is already fertilized, it is always a good idea to check with the provider to see if you need to give it anymore love. If you do need to apply a little more fertilizer, never do it on moist grass, it will burn your lawn!
  • During the first month, try and stay off the sod as much as you can. Once the roots take hold, just try to walk a different path each time you are on it!

New tree maintenance

  • After you plant your new tree, you will want to water it anytime that the soil is dry three to four inches below the ground.
  • Make sure you are not over saturating or under-watering! This might make your tree look wilted. If you are not sure if you did too much or too little watering, try giving it some water. If the leaves perk up in a couple of hours, it was underwatered. If they don’t, you guessed it – overwatered.

 

* Tips are meant to be a guideline only. Talk to your landscaper for professional advice and for any further questions you may have.