How to care for your lawn
We have worked on many lawns in the last few years for our clients. Here’s some tips on getting a healthy lawn from installation to fertilizer for lawns
Get great turf and a healthy lawn in your home by doing these four things. Check out our simple steps to get top turf results for your lawn.
The hardest part about laying turf or sod as some like to call it is the preparation work. The prep work is a lot easier if you have good top soil. By good soil, we mean low clay, well-draining, high organic material, and very few weed seeds.
What are the benefits of a healthy lawn
- uniform growth throughout the lawn area
- faster recovery from wear in high traffic areas
- less water, fertilizer, and chemicals required
- healthier looking lawn all round
Basic requirements for new turf
Turf for your lawn only requires 4 things:
With these four things in the right moderation’s, you can end up with great turf and a healthy lawn in your garden.
Turf requires a minimum of 4″ of good quality (ph 6, loamy/sandy loam) soil, and with head to head coverage irrigation, you will be 90% of the way there.
Fertilizer for lawns
A few other things to keep your lawn thriving, are to fertilize in spring, summer, and fall with the correct fertilizer.
Why Should I Fertilize New Grass?
If you’re wondering if it’s necessary to fertilize your new lawn, you’re not alone. Many people think that new grass will grow without any help, especially if other areas of the lawn are thriving.
While you may get some growth without fertilizing your new lawn, in a lot of cases, the nutrients that are readily available in the soil aren’t enough to support new growth, whether you’re planting seed or laying sod.
Soil that doesn’t have adequate nutrients can lead to patchy growth and thin grass, which can cause a lot of dust and erosion. Using a good fertilizer for new grass helps it come in lush and dense and maintains that growth in the long run.
You might be wondering if there is a difference between fertilizer for new grass and regular lawn fertilizer. The answer is yes, there is. New growth has different needs than established lawns which is why new seeds may not grow well even when the grass around it is.
Regular fertilizer contains potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen, usually in a 1-2-1 ratio. But new grass needs more phosphorus than these fertilizers provide as well as quick-release nitrogen to help the seed germinate and grow rapidly.
A winterizer fertilizer is a fall fertilizer that is designed to encourage lawns to store more food for surviving the winter months, and to encourage thick and rapid growth and rooting in the spring.
Also mowing to keep your turf at a reasonable level, as well as removal of invasive plants such as crabgrass and clover will help to keep your turf lawn healthy and all one color.
Steps to getting a healthy lawn:
- Remove all sub-grade material until you are at a consistent depth of 4+” from your desired finished grade
- Install high-quality soil and roughly rake out. Tamp entire area to ensure no settling once the turf is laid.
Note: your soil should be around 1/2″ down from finished level. Check this at walkways, driveways etc
- Once the soil is spread and tamped, start at the furthest point and begin to final grade with your rake, stopping every few minutes to stand back and check the overall look.
- Take into consideration the direction you will be laying the turf (we suggest taking the longest straight edge), how you will get the turf to the rows and your path of travel to get to each row. Also as you complete your grading, make sure to sweep off excess soil from walkways and clean up around edges as you go, so you don’t have soil to clean up after laying the turf.
- With the soil down and final grading done, start to bring in turf ready for laying.
- Once ready to start laying, apply a ‘Starter Fertilizer’ (as per directions).
- You’re now ready to lay your rows of sod. Make sure not to drag it, as this will cause the soil to mound and levels to become undone.
- As you complete rows make sure to lightly re-rake the next row so you can remove any footprints/dents that have been made.
Also, make sure you ‘butt’ each roll of turf up against the last to prevent drying out. Also pay attention to the inside of the roll end, as it may need to have special attention to lay flat.
- Once the entire lawn is laid, you will now be able to go around the edges and cut your lawn shape, and then clean up.
- Once finished, roll the area with a lawn roller that is 1/3rd full of water. now water until turf is saturated through to the soil. If working in a large area, you may benefit from blocking out an area so you can start watering it to stop the turf from drying out.
How much does it cost to turf a backyard?
Our Turf is priced at around $10.00-12.00 per roll plus labour to install.
How Big Is a Roll of Turf?
A roll of turf is approximately 4 feet long and 2 feet wide and will cover an area of 8-9 square feet.
We always order a few extra rolls to allow us to cut the shape of your new lawn. Any leftovers can always be used to patch up any sad looking areas of your existing lawn.
When can I lay turf?
Turf is highly perishable. Once cut, the average roll must be laid within 24 hours for best quality and within 3 days before being thrown out. We try to ensure maximum freshness and quality by bringing in turf on the same day as we plan to lay your lawn. For best results, make sure you are free of any frost or freezing before planning to install a lawn.
We have worked and cared for many lawns in the last few years for our clients. Here’s some tips on lawn care from dethatching to fertilizer for a beautiful green lawn
Get a great lawn around your property
We offer full lawn care and maintenance packages for both residential properties and commercial clients.
How to get the Greenest grass
Tired of feeling like the grass is always greener on the other side of the street…literally? Then it’s time to take control of your lawn! By looking at your strategic options to your spring lawn care, you can make your summer lawn the envy of the neighborhood. At Creative By Design Landscaping, our experts recommend five simple steps that will help nurse your lawn out of winter dormancy and prepare it for greatness:
What is the best way to take care of your lawn?
1. BE PATIENT
The first step sounds simple, but it’s probably the hardest of them all: be patient! After living under a blanket of ice and snow for months, we understand that the gardener inside of you wants to get things rolling, but it’s crucial not to start prematurely. You must allow for all of the snow to melt and the ground to thaw out before you get started. Until winter is completely over, the best thing you can do for your lawn is to stay off it as long as possible. Walking on grass at this time of year compacts the soil, while squeezing out the air and water. This stresses the grass roots, resulting in thinner grass and more weeds. Be sure to stay off the lawn completely until the grass has time to dry out.
2. DEBRIS REMOVAL
The second step is an easy one. On a nice spring day, take a quick stroll around your lawn and gather up all of the debris that has accumulated over the winter such as trash, leaves, and branches. This is a great task to get the kids involved in lawn and garden care.
When to dethatch your lawn
Once the weather has warmed up and your lawn has had the chance to dry out, the real work can finally begin. Start by giving your lawn a stiff raking. The purpose of doing this in the spring is to clear away any lingering dead leaves and excess lawn “thatch,” which is a combination of living and dead plant matter that builds up at the base of the grass roots. Some thatch is beneficial because it acts as a protective blanket; it keeps the grass roots cool in the summer and helps maintain moisture in the soil. However, when the layer of thatch is a half inch or more, it can prevent air, water, and nutrients from reaching the soil and grass roots. Heavy thatch also reduces the effectiveness of some fungicides and insecticides, acting as a protective cover for harmful pests and diseases.
4. Best fertilizer for your lawn
Next, it’s time to wake up your lawn! During the winter, your lawn has been hibernating; think of spring fertilizer as a strong cup of coffee that will energize it for the growing season. A spring fertilizer will also help address areas of your lawn that have been damaged by the effects of a long, harsh winter.
Not sure which products to choose? We’ll give your lawn grass the right fertilizer, created specifically for your type of lawn for the right time of year.
5. Pre-emergent for weeds like crabgrass
Finally, we recommend you apply corn gluten meal to your lawn. This powdery by-product of the corn syrup production process is commonly used as an organic pre-emergent herbicide, with added nutritional properties. When application is timed correctly, corn gluten meal can be effective in preventing weed seeds, like crabgrass, from germinating. Talk to our lawn care experts for advice on the best timing for your application.
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