Here are some great tips and tricks for successful trees, plants and shrubs installation and planting. Vegetation is an expensive yet essential part of any landscape design and proper installation and care can make or break your living landscape.
Installation and Planting
What is the installation time?
In most cases, a lawn can be designed and installed to custom fit your current landscaping requirements in 2 to 4 days. Smaller lawns can be installed in as little as one day.
Where can turf be installed?
Virtually anywhere that natural grass grows. Because of the advanced manufacturing technology of synthetic turf our turf can also be installed in areas that natural grass can’t grow such as: desert areas and extremely cold areas. Turf can be installed on level areas with a porous base that will allow water to seep into the ground through the perforated holes in the backing of the turf. It can also, be installed on hills with slopes up to a 40 degree incline.
The First 30 Days
Water your new sod immediately after installation.
This first watering must be immediate and should be very deep. This irrigation should equal about 1” (this can be measured with a rain gauge or small cup).
Water two more times this day to insure that the entire soil profile is thoroughly wet.
Water your new lawn frequently (2-3 times per day). Lift a section of sod periodically to check for soil moisture. Fertilize the new lawn with a balanced fertilizer i.e. 20-20-10 at a rate of 5 pounds per 1000 square feet.
Mow the grass as soon as it has grown enough to require mowing. Do not let the grass get too tall before the first mowing. Mowing grass before it has rooted will not hurt the grass. Waiting until the grass has grown tall and removing a lot of the leaf growth can damage or even kill your lawn. Never remove more that 1/3 of the leaf growth with any single mowing.
Cautiously begin to reduce watering frequency and increase watering depth (1-2 times per day). Continue to lift a section of sod to check soil moisture during the day especially when an irrigation schedule is changed.
Continue to reduce watering frequency while increasing watering depth. Watering should now be 1 time a day or even once every other day. Continue to check soil moisture regularly. Sod should be rooting into the ground and should be more difficult to lift from the soil.
Watch the turf closely for signs of drought especially during heat or wind and particularly following a change in the irrigation schedule. Signs of drought are generally seen in subtle and sometimes not so subtle color changes.
Dark blue/silverfish color: This change develops in the early stages of wilt and can be reversible with very little consequence if water is applied immediately.
Silver or grey color: This progression of wilt is the plant begging for water and is a more serious level of wilt that, while reversible will turn brownish straw colored before new green growth begins. Water immediately and increase the watering schedule.
Brown or straw color: This is the color of dormancy. When the grass turns this color, in most cased it is still alive and will green up when sufficient water is added to the lawn. This green up period will take between one and three weeks. Avoid this stage with new sod because newly laid sod may die under sustained dormancy.
The watering recommendations listed above are meant to be flexible based on the soil type and the time of year that the sod is installed. Excessive heat or wind as well as a sandy soil may require more water than sod laid on a well prepared soil during the spring or fall. Always pay close attention to the signs that the grass is giving you and let those signs supersede the directions above.
Fertilize your grass 3-5 times per growing season with a balanced fertilizer. Never miss the fall fertilization. During drought or lower water use applications reduce fertilizations during the spring and summer.
Mow regularly never removing more than 1/3 of the leaf growth with any mowing. Mow at a height of between 3” and 4”. Maintain a sharp blade on the lawn mower. Do not mow when the grass is either too dry or too wet.
What holds the turf down?
The turf’s own weight is usually sufficient (approximately ½ lb. per sq. ft.), but we normally add infill to help the fibers stand up naturally to help prevent “matting”. The addition of infill assists in weighting the turf down so it doesn’t shift or move once applied. A combination of sand and rubber infill seems to the most popular.
How well does the turf hold up to outdoor environments and will it fade?
Designed by our own partners, the turf is manufactured using the finest UV treated polyethylene, water resistant fibers.
Does the turf have a warranty?
Four Seasons Turf warrants its products including all putting greens for eight (8) years. We warrant our turf against manufacturers’ defects, such as excessive wear, fading and sun and other defects associated with the manufacture of the synthetic grass. With proper customer care your Four Seasons Turf can last up to 10 years or more.
What kind of maintenance is required?
Four Seasons Turf is as maintenance free as it gets! Once installed, just keep the leaves and debris off the surface. Just imagine for a moment, no watering, mowing, edging, pesticides and seeding. In most cases that could be a savings of up to $8000 per year for a normal sized lawn.
How much water would I really save by using your turf?
According to a water management statistics study, 75% of your monthly water bill is for outside use.