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A lot of work and effort are needed for making up your new Lawn. It looks beautiful, green and remains healthy if efficient Lawn Care steps are followed. After laying the garden, one wants to live with the beauty of the Lawn for years to come. However, proper maintenance is also needed to achieve your dream lawn.
Initially, new Lawns need special care. The seeds need sufficient time to establish themselves into the grounds of the Lawn. How we care for the newly developed Lawn is more crucial and also critical. Compared to fully established lawns, new lawn care is different.
1. Watering a New Lawn:
The Lawn should be watered at the correct time. No drying should be allowed for the new lawns. Especially in summer, moisture in the soil dries up quickly. Regular watering is to be done to the Lawns, to avoid dryness. Regardless of seed or sod, the idea remains same, don’t let the soil or earth to dry out, as this can quickly kill any new roots on the lawn as it slowly establishes in its first weeks of life. In cold weather, the new lawn can be far more forgiving if it does dry out a little, as the lack of heat will not place any stress on it, nor will the soil or sod evaporate moisture from their profiles at any significant rate.
Likewise, a Lawn growing from a Sod needs more water, until the roots get established in the soil. The water schedules can be reduced after the roots are established in the soil.
How much and the frequency of the water supply depends on many factors as the heat of the day and the establishment of seed or sod in the soil of the Lawn. In an overheated day, more water is to be supplied to avoid the dryness. Watering the soil is required for many times in a day until the Lawn gets established. Reduce water after the full establishment of the Lawn.
2. Choose the right grass or plants:
Creeping: Grasses like bluegrass, Bermuda and mostly warm-season grasses spread by above- or below-ground runners and these varieties are more prone to thatch.
Bunch: Grasses such as fescue and rye-grass spread from the crown of the plant. Mowing these grass plants protects the top and ensures the survival of the grass.
3. Fertilizing a New Lawn:
Fertilization is most important in New Lawn Care process. Giving more than the required nutrients to the Lawn is not good. If there are plenty of nutrients available, roots will not get deep and in turn, make the grass or plants weak.
Let the roots get themselves establish in the soil. Proper soil preparation, with adequate organic nutrients, added, done weeks before any seed or sod being laid is a far better option. While allowing those few weeks to pass to allow these organic fertilizers to decompose into the soil, and thus lose most of their potency before any new lawn being laid or sown.
Add fertilizers after the Lawn is minimum six months old. After the establishment phase use fertilizers for the Lawn, that too only half of the recommended quantity. Never go above the amount recommended as it will damage the growth of Lawn.
4. Mowing :
Mowing the garden is the crucial step in New Lawn care. Mowing is to be done at a correct time. Newly established Lawns are to be mowed after 3 to 4 weeks and be careful not to cut more than 1/3 of the grass length. The cut grass clippings may be left on the Lawn or removed. The cuttings can be converted into organic manure and used for the Lawn. Do not cut the grass too short and also avoid mowing when it’s too hot. Mowing in too warm conditions can burn the grass. Always keep your mower in excellent condition and also keep the blades sharp.
For Lawns laid by sod, mowing should be done only after six weeks of establishment. In this time just trim the lawn, without removing much of the leaves of grass. Be sure to keep the leaves long; this helps the garden look tidy and denser. Likewise, seeded lawns should be treated even more gently so as not to disturb the soil too much, as the mowing process can help to dislodge some new lawn shoots from the soil.
5. New Lawn Weed Removal :
Weeds have more difficulty in a healthy grown lawn. Grass or plants in a healthy Lawn do not allow weeds to grow. Weeds get established only when the Lawn is weak or dried up. So keeping the Lawn healthy is the main tip to avoid weeds on the Lawn. If the Weeds are present in Lawn, use specified Weed Control methods to remove them. Once the weeds are removed, make sure that the Lawn is healthy, to avoid the weeds to establish themselves again.
New Lawns need more care. Follow the above simple steps to make your Lawn look green and healthy. Our Professionals at Green Gold Landscaping are always ready to assist you in New Lawn Care. Contact 914-882-5459 for more details.