Whitmore’s Yard Care, Inc. is not responsible for rain fall, washouts, and erosion. We simply cannot control the weather. Extreme temperatures and droughts with no watering will kill your seed or germinating grass.
The First 14-21 Days Are Very Important
The establishment of your new seeded lawn is easy. Dry seeding or over seeding should be watered in ASAP after seeding is complete After the first day, keep the lawn moist at all times, preferably by frequent light sprinklings. It is imperative that the seed be kept damp. You may have to repeat the light watering up to 2-3 times per day under normal circumstances, up to 8 times a day if we have a stretch of high heat, the key is to not let the lawn dry out. If the germinating seedlings dry out, they will die. *Downspouts must be diverted to eliminate erosion of seed and soil. It is best practice to set up hoses with sprinklers, as to not constantly drag hoses through the seed.
Watering Your Established Lawn
Watering is most effective if done during the early morning hours when sunlight cannot cause excessive evaporation, and the grass blades are already wet from the dew, as to not increase opportunity for disease. (Ex. Red Thread). After your lawn becomes established, it requires approximately one inch of water per week. The soil should be soaked thoroughly when watered. Water should penetrate at least 6” into the soil to insure deep rooting.
Fertilizing Your Lawn
An additional application of starter fertilizer should be applied 14-21 days after seeding. After initial feeding a regular fertilization program is needed. You may call our company for a professional application of the fertilizers or to establish a program. We recommend a 5 or 7 step annual lawn fertilization program to encourage and maintain a healthy lawn.
Mowing Your Lawn
You want minimal disturbance, i.e., mowing, walking, pets on the newly seeded lawn. We would recommend skipping the next mowing of your lawn for this reason. A new lawn should be mowed as soon as the grass blades are 2” to 3” high. Allowing the grass to grow too high before cutting, will cause stress to the grass. Delaying the first cutting may also allow long grass blades to bend over causing a shabby appearance. Subsequent mowing should be done often and lawn mower blades should be kept sharp to prevent bruised and torn grasses, which develop unsightly brown spots. The cutting height for your lawn is 2 ½ – to 4”. No more than 33% of the length of the grass blade should be cut at one time.
Weeds will appear in your new lawn. They come from seeds which have lain dormant in the ground or which have been carried in by wind or birds. Growing good healthy grass can best control these weeds. Grass, which is properly watered, mowed and well fertilized, provides too much competition for weed plants to gain any stronghold. Should your lawn ever become damaged or have bare spots, reseed immediately to prevent competitive weed growth from becoming established. If weeds do appear, please call for proper methods and chemical applications to control weeds before they gain control of your lawn.
Pest control generally requires chemical treatment. Beetle grubs; cut worms, armyworms, sod webworms are generally controlled with applications of various compounds. It is always best to call for a professional chemical application.
Maintaining Shaded Areas
Shaded areas require some additional effort to assure healthy turf. Turf in these areas generally suffer in three ways:
1. Tree root systems tend to rob nutrients from the grass blades.
2. Lack of sunlight caused by the shading effect of trees.
3. Fallen leaves create a matted condition, which prevents the turf from adequate exposure to sunlight and air.
Thoroughly fertilizing trees and heavily fertilizing the turf can provide adequate nutrients for turf. Leaves should be raked early in the spring while the tree branches are still bare to allow the maximum amount of sunlight to reach this grass which is generally shaded throughout the remainder of the growing season. Tree pruning is also recommended to allow sunlight to reach the grass areas.
You should expect to see germination under ideal circumstances and conducive weather conditions in 3-4 weeks.
A professional variety of grass seed has been installed, some varieties will germinate sooner than others, when you see germination, it does not mean that all the varieties have germinated. If there is sseed that is ungerminated, you should continue to water as instructed. When all seed is germinated, you can refer to the section that explains how to water your established lawn.
Whitmore’s Yard Care, Inc. warrants that all work will be done by professional personnel and that all materials used will be of the highest quality obtainable.
Whitmore’s Yard Care, Inc. uses only highest quality seed and does not accept responsibility for any weeds that may occur. Whitmore’s Yard Care, Inc. supplies maintenance information that the customer needs to comply with for optimum results. Bare patches due to puddling, guttering, runoff from roads or driveways or damage from dogs, children, or equipment is not included. Whitmore’s Yard Care, Inc. supplies and installs the grass seed, the customer must maintain and care for the seeding as directed, which is often labor intensive. Please understand that seeding is only half of the work necessary, proper maintenance, fertilization, and simply good growing conditions are needed. Areas receiving too much sun, or on the contrary too much shade will not grow properly. We are leaving your property with properly installed seed, that will germinate in the proper conditions. We simply cannot control what occurs once we leave the seed on your property. We do not imply or state any warranty on seedings.
Whitmore’s Yard Care, Inc. does not warrant any seeded lawn to be immune from moss, fungus, disease or insect damage. We cannot be responsible for acts of nature that we cannot control.