New Sod Care
The most critical time frame after sod installation is the first 3-4 weeks. Immediately after installing sod, water thoroughly making it almost squishy to step on. The new sod should be kept thoroughly wet to a depth of 4″ to 6″ and watered 1-2 times a day during the first 7 to 14 days depending on the season. In the first week, it is very important to keep the new sod moist. Water your lawn in the evening or early morning when less evaporation occurs. During this time, keep pedestrians and pets off the sod so it can take root. If allowed to dry out, the sod will shrink, brown, and can die. The roots of the newly installed sod will be able to spread and take root better if properly irrigated. Within 2-3 weeks you should be able to mow the sod. Keep the height of the mower above 4″ and never cut more than 1/3 off of the blade of grass.
After the first 2 weeks, reduce the watering to every other day. By week 4, reduce the watering to every 2-3 days. After week 4, keep an eye on the turf and water as needed. The sod might take up to a year to fully establish their root system; keep an eye on the watering needs of the turf constantly.
New Landscape Care
Our suppliers provide us with the highest quality plant material in the region; proper maintenance is required to ensure that the trees are cared for during that first year. Proper watering is the #1 issue in maintenance.
GreenSweep will initially water the trees at the time of installation unless a water source is not available on site. Newly planted trees require water approximately 3-4 times per week. This will vary depending on the time of year that the tree is planted. When watering, lightly water the base of the tree so the water trickles down to the root ball of the tree.
If the tree was “staked” at installation, this was done to make sure the tree grows in a straight upright form. Multi-trunk trees such as Crape Myrtle and River Birch usually are not staked upon installation.
The water hose should be turned to a light stream or mist and held above the plant for approximately one minute. Make sure the base of the shrub and root ball get adequate water. GreenSweep will water the shrubs upon installation provided a water source is available on site, but the shrubs will need extra water after the crew has left!
A thorough watering every day for the first two weeks is encouraged. If the weather is hot, water will evaporate from the ground and transpire through the plant, making additional water necessary. After two weeks water every other day. It is not uncommon for a shrub to go into transplant shock. The plant might wilt, or lose its leaves initially. If the plant goes through this initial shock period, leaves will drop and the plant will go into survival mode and force its energy into the root zone. Once this period is over and the plant regains strength to its new planting location, new leaf shoots will appear. In some cases, shrubs will be wilting for a couple weeks after the initial planting.
Plants are watered by GreenSweep at the time of planting, unless a water source is not available on site, and will need further care after installation. With the hose on a light stream, place the water directly over the plant and hold there for approximately 30 seconds. Water every other day in normal (seasonal) weather.
Hot summer months may require watering every day until the plants have become established after one growing season. The second growing season should require far less watering for you. During dry spells after installation, keep an eye on the plants and water accordingly. In the fall, dead-head this past years blooms and dead growth to prepare for new growth in the spring.
The watering schedule should be the same as it is for perennials, watering every other day after installation in most cases. Once established after a few months ornamental grasses don’t need a lot of attention and can usually thrive with minimal water.