New Lawn Care – From Seedling To Maturity

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Tips to help your new lawn flourish.

Establishing A New Lawn
A new lawn is like a newborn puppy. The four to eight week period following seeding or sodding requires a lot of care for a lawns survival and establishment. Follow these tips to insure your new lawn will grow into a healthy, robust lawn that will look fantastic for years.

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  • Water two to three times a day for one month to get the seed or sod established.
  • Water once per day after establishment.
  • Water as needed after that point – one inch per week is the general recommendation.
  • Restrict traffic. Seedlings can be easily bruised or uprooted in the early stages of development.
  • Fertilize at 30 days.
  • Fertilize at 60-70 days.

Tips For A Healthy Lawn
Once your lawn is established, fertilization and environmentally friendly weed, moss and pest control should be done on a regular basis. If you follow the monthly care cycle below, your lawn will thrive and the chances of developing problem areas will be reduced.

When To Apply
  • January – February
  • February – March
  • April – May
  • June – July
  • August – September
  • October – Early December
Application
  • Lime Application / Grub Control
  • Fertilize / Iron Application
  • Fertilize / Weed Control (if necessary)
  • Fertilize
  • Fertilize / Weed Control (if necessary)
  • Fertilize – This is the most important of the year.

Year-Round Maintenance Tips
Your lawn is a living, growing thing. It needs regular maintenance to keep it looking great. These tips are generalizations but should help you set up a regular maintenance schedule.

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  • Over-seed your lawn once per year (spring and fall are good times)
  • Aerate once per year to breaks up the thatch layer on top of your lawn and help get nutrients to the roots.
  • Mow weekly starting in March until November. These are approximate times. Weather will dictates your mowing schedule.
  • In general, mow more frequently so you don’t need to gather clipping and mulch the clippings to put nitrogen back into the grass.
  • Mow with a sharp blade. This makes for clean cut not a torn blade of grass)

Problems & Solutions
Over the past 30 years, Reynolds Landscape has installed literally hundreds of new lawns. There are a number of common but correctable problems that develop on a regular basis. If you see these problems happening with your lawn, try these solutions. Addressing issues early is always the best advice we can give.

PROBLEM
  • Lawn is yellow and seems to have “stalled.”
  • Lawn is soggy, even in warm weather.
  • Lawn is full of clover and weeds.
  • Lawn never really came in.
  • Lawn suffered through the winter and looks weak.
  • Lawn did not do well in the shade.
SOLUTION
  • Fertilizer and water may be inadequate.
  • Cut back the watering times. This will save water and “force” the roots to grow deeper.
  • Fertilize to increase lawn health. Apply weed control.
  • Don’t give up on the maintenance!
  • We often need to do a follow-up seeding in the spring if within our one year warranty.
  • Over-seed these areas with shade – tolerant grass varieties like ryegrass and fine fescue.

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