FOUR things to remember when maintaining your new lawn:
As soon as your new lawn is installed, you MUST water it until it is saturated and the soil is moist. An easy way to ensure that your new lawn has enough water is lift up a piece of sod and check to see if the soil is saturated in the middle of the sod piece. If your new lawn is not watered enough, the grass will start to turn yellow. Watering times varies depending on the sprinkler you have but you should usually water it for a total of 2-3 hours per day. We recommend watering your lawn in early morning and late evening. This is mainly because the sun is the hottest during the day, which can cause evaporation of water, and you could burn your grass. In addition, you must not walk on your new lawn for at least 4-5 days. This could cause dips in the grass due to soil being moist. The soil should always be moist for at least 10 days.
Around the second week after your new lawn is installed, or when it grows to 4-5 inches, you will need to mow the lawn. YOU MUST REMEMBER to set your lawn mower to its’ highest setting for the first 2 months and than begin to lower the setting. DO NOT MOW SHORTER THAN 3 INCHES. You can also leave all the clippings (as long as they are not in a big bunch together) as they will decompose and give your new lawn a nitrogen boost. You must also water RIGHT AFTER cutting the lawn.
You must keep your lawn mower blades sharp at all times and make sure your lawn is dry and not moist when mowing.
This is very important to keep your new lawn looking as good as when it was first installed. You must fertilize with compost or slow release fertilizer in the early fall. Try to remember to fertilize regularly so it can provide your lawn with as much nutrients as possible.
Aerating your lawn helps with the flow of water and allows important nutrients go down to the roots. Early spring or fall is best time. You can then top dress with soil (very small amount) to fill in the holes. After you have put the soil, you can over-seed. Regularly spreading seeds will ensure that your lawn will stay dense and thick. You must also rake your lawn every spring to get rid of all the dead grass as well as the leaves that were missed from the previous fall.