SERVING WARREN, PA & JAMESTOWN, NY
The purpose of the following is to familiarize you with the requirements for turf establishment. We at Bloomquist’s Landscaping want you to know what to expect from us in the process.
Once the site is cleared, cleaned of debris, and graded the seedbed can be prepared. The purpose of the final grading is to create a firm and even seedbed. Rocks and stones larger than 2” diameter are removed, however, some stones will remain underneath the soil surface and will become apparent after watering or rainfall.
For most lawns a seed mixture of Kentucky Blue-grass, Perennial rye and fine fescue should result in an acceptable turf. A blend of seed mixtures will result in a quality turf over the range of conditions found at the site.
At the time of seeding, we apply a 16-32-16-starter fertilizer along with the seed and mulch. Our mulch is 100 % biodegradable. It is specially designed for hydraulic seeding and erosion protection that’s manufactured using recycled newsprint. It is formulated to protect the seed from wind and rainfall and gradually decomposes as the lawn becomes established. We cannot however make guarantees regarding wash outs due to heavy rainfall.
Post Planting Care
Irrigation will promote both rapid seed germination and vigorous establishment. Light frequent watering, which keeps the seedbed moist but not water logged, is preferred. As establishment progresses the frequency of irrigation can be reduced and the amount applied at a single irrigation increased. Try to continue to irrigate for at least 3 weeks after germination and preferably until the lawn is completely established.
Mowing can start when the seedlings have grown to approximately 3”. Mowing will encourage the seedling to tiller, rapidly increasing density. Three to four weeks after germination fertilize the turf again. Use a complete fertilizer, either a second application of the starter fertilizer or another having a ratio of 2-1-1. Apply enough to deliver 1 lb. of nitrogen per 1,000 SF.
Almost every new seeding will have some level of weed infestation. Many of the weeds that germinate in new plantings will not tolerate mowing and will be easily controlled after mowing starts.
The control of more persistent broadleaf weeds with post-emergent herbicides should be delayed until after the third mowing.
There are many variables to establishing a good stand of grass. We will do our part in getting your lawn off to a good start, but as you can see, your post planting care is of great importance. If there are any questions that arise, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.