We offer a complete overhaul or rejuvenation of your old or existing lawn.
Pada Landscaping can repair any lawn or yard and provide you with lushes green grass that looks great and showcases your home. We can set you up with optimal conditions for new sod and instructions on how to take care of your new grass but there is regular maintenance required to preserve the longevity of your grass. Bellow are instructions for watering and taking care of new sod, as well as helpful advice for maintaining healthy grass and a mature lawn.
Immediately after a new sod installation your lawn should be watered. For the first week the sod should be watered every day. Your lawn needs 2.5 cm or 1 inch of water. An easy way to make sure you are giving your lawn the proper amount of water is to put a tin can on the lawn. When the can fills with water to the height of 2.5 cm or 1 inch inside you have reached your watering limit for the day. When watering your new lawn if you notice that there is run off and that the water is not penetrating the soil you should stop watering for a half hour, allowing the water to penetrate the soil. After a half hour resume watering the lawn and try again. You should wait at least 1 week after new sod installation before cutting the grass. (See below)
The second week with your new beautiful lawn, you should water every other day for the same amount of water(2.5cm). It is important to avoid shallow watering. This is when you water your lawn for only short periods at a time. The water that the lawn does receive by doing this is only at the grass' surface. Short and infrequent watering leads to lawns with shallow root structures. After the second week, your lawn needs at least 2.5 cm or 1 inch of water every week, and remember short infrequent watering can harm your lawn.
The best time to water your lawn is during the early morning. It gives the root structure a chance to breath throughout the day. Watering lawns only at night will increase the chance of the lawn becoming diseased or getting root rot.
It is also recommended to stay off of your new lawn as much as possible during the first week to help give the new sod a chance to root properly.
Almost all sod installed in Ottawa is a form of Kentucky blue grass. Blue grass is recommended to be cut at a height of 4 cm. When cutting the lawn, never remove more than 3 cm at one time. This means when you first cut a newly sodded lawn it is important to make sure you have raised the wheels on your lawn mower to the correct height. It is extremely important that your lawnmower blades are sharp. Cutting grass with blades that are not sharp will not give the grass a clean cut. Grass that is cut with a dull blade is left with frayed ends and is much more susceptible to disease. Mowing grass with a dull lawn mower or at the wrong height is the quickest and easiest way to ruin a new lawn. It is also important to keep your lawn mower clean. Hosing it off with water after use will ensure that it doesn't carry seeds from any weeds or any possible disease that could damage your lawn. Mowing your lawn regularly with a well maintained lawn mower is one of the easiest ways to keep your lawn healthy. Having a healthy lawn is the easiest way to fend off weeds.
Over seeding and topdressing if needed can be done at anytime in the year. It is particular helpful to do in the spring months to reseed any areas damaged from winter. A full and healthy lawn will be less likely to attract weeds.
Fertilizing your lawn is easiest if done twice a year with a slow release fertilizer from a reputable manufacturer. Fertilize once in the spring and once late in the summer. Always make sure to water in the fertilizer and follow the instructions on the bag.
Dethatching grass is important to do in the spring months. Lightly rake and remove patches of dead grass.
Aerating your lawn once a year or every other year allows grass roots the oxygen and room needed to grow.
Leave lawn clippings on your lawn because they are nutrient rich. Large clumps of clippings can be mowed over again to prevent moldy patches from forming on the lawn.