- How do I Care for my New Lawn?
- Why Should I Install a
- When is a Good Time to Have a
- When is the Best Time to Plant
Trees, Shrubs and Perennials?
- Do You Offer Design Services?
- Should I Seed, Hydro seed or
If you had a sprinkler system installed, you shouldn't
have anything to worry about, your irrigation controller is pre-programmed by
one of our landscape technicians. He will take you through the necessary
steps and watering schedules. If your lawn was seeded, you should small
green sprouts in about 1 week, depending how warm it's been. You should be
able to mow your new lawn after one month since the seed was sown. Starter
fertilizer is also applied at the same time. After one month, we will
inspect your lawn for bare spots usually caused by washouts from heavy rain.
We re-seed areas at no charge if needed. We recommend applying a
slow-release fertilizer at this time as well. Remember, if you chose not
to install sprinklers, we cannot re-seed free of charge! If you had sod
installed, you will need just as much water as a seeded lawn.
As much rain as we get here in the Northwest, we still get
some very dry summers. In order for lawns and plants to stay healthy and
green, water should be applied almost daily. Our sprinkler systems will
take the hassle out of dragging hoses all summer so you can sit back and relax
or take a vacation without worrying about your lawn drying up. Our
controllers are easy to use, and if you install a rain sensor, you could
even save money on your water bill. We also use water saving sprinkler
heads to conserve our precious resource.
3. When is a Good Time to Have a Lawn Installed?
Seeded or hydro-seeded lawns can be installed as early as
March and as late as November. However, sod can be installed any time of
year, as long as the ground is not too wet and there's no snow on the ground.
We include a starter fertilizer with our seed, and it is applied before we lay
sod as well.
The best time is fall. However, proper planning by
our landscape team enables us to do planting in virtually every month of the
year. Adequate irrigation in the summer will provide for healthier turf
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We do offer wide range of design services. Please
call for information and pricing.
Deciding between these three is a matter of doing a little
cost-benefit analysis. Sod is the premier choice as it provides you with
an instant lawn that can be mowed 1-2 weeks later, and requires less initial
maintenance. It is also the most costly, added to the price up to 8 times
more than that of a seeded lawn. Hydro seed is cheaper than sod (adding to
the price 2-3 times that of a seeded lawn), but does not provide an instant
lawn. It is, however, more aesthetically pleasing, is not as susceptible
to washouts, and holds moisture much better than seed. Seed is the
cheapest route to take, but also requires much more initial maintenance.
Wind and excessive water will cause the seed to erode, especially on slopes.
It also must remain moist, requiring short frequent watering up to 6 times a day
on hot sunny days. Weed seeds that constantly invade the lawn area also
have a much better chance of germinating is the bare earth.