Maintenance

 

 

Mowing

Mowing


WHEN CAN I MOW? - The first mowing can be done two weeks after installation. Cut no more than 1/3 off the top of the grass each mowing. This may require mowing more than once a week.

HOW OFTEN DO I MOW? - We recommend mowing at least once a week.

WHAT KIND OF MOWER SHOULD I USE?

Rotary or reel Mowers are used for Midiron (Easy Turf). Sharpen blades after every 4th mowing.

Reel mowers are used for all Hybrid Bermuda grasses. This mower has a forward spinning blade and gives a short, clean cut. Reel mowers are ideal for these dense grasses.

 

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Watering


Watering Tips for New Sod: After your new lawn has been installed, it will require frequent watering for establishment.

For the first week, water your sod three times a day for 10 minutes each watering cycle, every day. For the second week, water three times a day for 5 minutes each watering cycle, every day.

Please take note! The soil will be saturated from the heavy watering required for establishment, making it very soft and pliable. Footprint craters will occur from walking on the new sod. Please stay off! Footprint craters are very difficult to repair and are very unsightly, making mowing more difficult than necessary. (This includes pets.) Avoid watering at night, this only encourage fungus and disease.

After two weeks: Go to a regular schedule. For Summer: 10-15 minutes per cycle, 3 times a day (example: 2am, 7am, and 11am). Do this 3 days a week - Sun., Tues., Fri. For Winter: 10-15 minutes per cycle, 3 times a day. Do this 2 days per week. If we have a rain storm, turn clock off to save water until lawn needs more water.

Dormant grass: Water 45 minutes at least twice a month.

 

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Fertilizing


Our Southwest desert soils are very alkaline, and they lack nutrients to keep turf grass green and healthy. Fertilization is the supplementation of nutrients to the soil. There are three main nutrients; Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K).

A fertilizer containing all three of these nutrients is called a complete fertilizer. It is suggested to apply a complete fertilizer at least 3 to 4 times a year. Fertilizers containing trace elements such as sulfur, iron, zinc, magnesium, and manganese should be applied at least once a year. Excessive application rates of nitrogen can produce excessive growth, will produce thatch, increased water use and cause disease problems to occur. Therefore, it is necessary to apply the correct amount of nutrients.

For the "Do it Yourselfers":

Fertilize Every 4 – 6 Weeks - Lightly!

Fertilizer recommendations:

Winter: ammonium phosphate 16-20-00 ( Nov – March )

Summer: Ammonium sulfate 21-00-00 ( April – Oct. )

Dosage Recommendation:

Pre-fertilize before installation: 3 to 5 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft., and for established lawns.

Problem Resolutions

Weeds: Use "MSMA" to kill weeds in established turf. The grass surrounding the weed will discolor, but will recover.

Nut Grass: Use "Manage" As per the printed label.

Pearl Scale: You use Merit.  The chemical should be applied in April or May. Also put down Gypsum and dispersol. This conditions the sil to make living conditions bad for the Pearl, but good for the grass.

Remember - "Round Up" for general weed control outside of the turf.

For Professional Service, contact GreenKeeper@KeepGreen.com,

Specializing in Pest, Weeds, and Fertilizer Application.