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The key to a healthy lawn that contributes to our environment and our wellness is proper soil preparation, proper installation and proper maintenance practice.

What is important to understand is that a lawn is turf grass and turf grass is a plant and as such, contributes to the environment as any plant does and requires the proper care to ensure its health like any plant does. A healthy thriving plant is a working plant. Not only is turf grass an efficient groundcover, it is one of nature’s most luxurious and least expensive groundwater filters and oxygen producers. All in all, turf grass ‘gives us much more than it takes’. 

To build a lawn you have two choices. You can sod or you can seed.

Sodding 101

Nursery sod is a living product, cut and delivered fresh from the sod farm where it was professionally grown. Nursery sod cannot stay on a pallet very long, especially in the heat. If you have to store your sod, do so in a cool, shaded area. Do not cover or water sod while on the pallet!

It is always beneficial to incorporate a compost product into the top 6″ of a healthy friable topsoil before you lay the sod. Apply a good starter fertilizer with a broadcast spreader on top of the soil before you lay your sod.  And remember, sod should be installed tight together with no gaps.

Water sod within 30 minutes of installation. Continue watering for at least 10 days, depending on rainfall. Watering early in the morning is preferable; a once a day thorough soaking of at least 2″ is better than an intermittent watering throughout the day. It is important to get enough water down into the roots and soil below. Shallow watering develops weak and shallow roots and makes your lawn vulnerable to drought, compaction, pests and diseases.

When you mow your lawn, the best advice we can give you is to mow high and mow often with a well maintained and sharp mulching mower.

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Use our handy Sod Calculator to see how much sod you need for your area.

Hydroseeding 101

Hydroseed is often touted as ‘effortless’ and a ‘miracle’. It will grow on walls! Simply not true.

Hydroseed is quite simply a very time and cost efficient way of applying grass seed over a large area.

The soil preparation is the same whether you sod or seed. Apply hydrsoeed slurry over a properly prepared finish grade of 6″ of healthy, friable topsoil.

Our hydroseeder can apply a load that will cover approximately 2200 square yards of area; that is a little less than a half acre. Coverage is proportionately less over uneven terrain or over large areas requiring a hose to access.

The ‘slurry mix’ contains the Canada # 1 seed mix choice, paper fiber mulch, a typical starter fertilizer and water…hence the ‘hydro’ in hydroseed. A binder or tackifier as it is commonly called, is added if the area includes minor slopes. This helps hold the hydroseed in place.

Like any seed application, you can expect germination in 10 – 14 days. Once germination occurs, you must begin to maintain your new grass. Be prepared to fertilize newly germinated seedlings and keep moist. We can assist you with an on-going maintenance schedule.

It is very likely that you will see weed growth while your grass seed establishes. Do not apply herbicides to newly seeded lawns. Weed control steps can be taken at a later date. To minimize potential weed growth, start with a well prepared seed bed and do your follow up maintenance as recommended.

Most importantly, if you choose hydroseed, you must be prepared to wait at least two seasons before the lawn is firmly established. During this time, you will get the best results if you invest the time and effort to do the recommended maintenance schedule.

Our professionals are happy to walk you through your lawn installation options and advise you on what is best for your project!