Proper Landscape and Lawn Care
Watering of new sod needs to begin immediately after it is laid. In the summer time, watering should be on a daily, or twice daily basis until the sod has had time to get its roots down. Check with the city for water rationing. Remember that the soil beneath the sod is little more than an inch thick and dries out quickly under the hot sun. In winter, the grass still needs water on a weekly basis. It is dormant, not dead. It will put down roots during the winter.
Caution: Any kind of weed killer or fertilizer should not be used until the grass has had a chance to establish a good root system -- Proabaly at least two months. There is no warranty on the sod because its survival is basically dependent on homeowner care.
Trees and shrubs need deep watering to provide the moisture they need in winter as well as summer. In winter, if you know that a freeze is coming, be sure to water your shrubs and trees before the freeze. The water will freeze and provide insulation for the roots beneath. If the winter is dry, it is especially important to maintain regular watering not only for the moisture, but as protection from the cold. Our landscape man has been very reluctant to assume responsibility for dead grass, trees, or shrubs, so it makes it very important that you get plenty of water on them.
We have provided you with an attractive landscape package, but its care is left to the home owner. If you need a hose or sprinkler, we can usually loan you one for a week until you have had time to find, or buy your own. We want to encourage all of our homeowners to water, mow, and fertilize their lawns on a regular basis to keep them attractive.