Prepping Your Site
Before breaking ground for a new home, take the time to prep the site. Remove rocks, stumps, waste and any existing vegetation that may already be established. A soil test kit can be purchased to help determine your soil type and the necessary amounts of organic matter, fertilizer, and lime to incorporate into your soil prior to establishment. If possible, consider removing all top soil from the site and stock pile it on the property before breaking ground on the home’s foundation. These simple steps will help greatly after the home construction is complete. It sets the stage for establishing the landscape.
Grading and Preparing the Soil
After the home is complete it is time to establish the grade of the lawn. Use a box scrapper or soil conditioner to roughly grade the property and remove any remaining debris from construction. After the rough grade is established, reapply the previously stockpiled top soil evenly around the property. This is also the time to mix in organic material such as peat moss or compost as well as fertilizer and lime to ensure the lawn has proper nutrients for establishing your turf.
Seed or Sod
More often than not the decision between seed or sod comes down to budget. Sod is the fastest and most effective way to establish a lawn but it also comes at the highest price. Seeding takes a lot of management and effort to ensure initial establishment. A third option, recommended for sites with steeper grades or large areas, is hydro-seeding which combines seed in a mixture with mulch and fertilizer sprayed onto the desired area. Education on the desired choice is absolutely necessary before installation.
Type of Grass
The biggest piece of advice we offer is on grass type and diversity. Choosing a quality mixture of several different kinds of grass seed will ensure the long term health of turf. Care must be taken to choose seeds based on amounts of sunlight and shade along with desired look of the lawn. Mixtures are more resistant to disease and adaptable to different site conditions. Selection of high-quality, blended seed mixtures will greatly improve the establishment of a healthy lawn.
A Healthy Lawn Takes Time and Effort
Once a new lawn is established, the most important thing to remember with turf is the time and effort necessary for a beautiful lawn. We recommend annual aeration and over seeding. We also recommend fertilizing twice a year to contribute to soil health. We cut turf at a higher setting on the mower deck. The taller the grass the deeper the root system will be! Cutting grass at a taller height will ensure the vitality of your roots. Grass grows at the same rate whether it is tall or short and will need to be mowed the same number of times during the week according to rain , sunlight, and season. Short grass will struggle at times and may die off in spots. But, tall grass allows for a healthy root system to establish so during harsh conditions or off season the turf remains viable.
We hope these tips are helpful!