NEW LAWNS

New Lawns

weed free lawn

Over the years, Quality Lawn Services, has evaluated and assessed many lawn problems. When measuring soil depths and performing soil testing, a majority of new construction as well as renovated lawns do not have to proper amount of soil to grow a thick healthy weed free lawn. We utilize what some would term the "Old Fashion Method" of installing a new lawn. We start by thoroughly raking and eliminating as many rocks and debris as possible and loosening compaction on the existing base. Once the base has been prepared we add or apply 6 – 8 inches of screened loam. Even though this would appear to be excessive and somewhat expensive, our experience has shown if you don't have the proper amount of loam, customers will struggle with a nice appearing lawn no matter what plan is in place for fertilization etc. Once the loam has been applied and leveled, a starter fertilizer is applied at the appropriate rate and then a properly blended grass seed is planted over the loam areas. Keep in mind different blends of seed is used depending on shady areas versus sunny areas. Once the seeding is done a light raking is done to blend the grass seed into the loam. After that, a second seeding is done to ensure all areas of the new lawn have been properly covered. From there, the new area is rolled to seal the seed into the loam eliminating air pockets and hay or straw is applied over the new area. Last but not least the newly seeded lawn is watered in to keep everything is place. Depending on weather conditions, watering may be necessary every day until the new lawn has been mowed for up to 3 times.

Our recommendation is to start mowing once the height of the new grass reaches approximately 4 inches. Mowing new grass at a higher height is very important as well as having sharp mowing blades. The sharper your blades the less tearing of the new grass will occur. After about a month, fertilize the new lawn with an appropriate blend of fertilizer that will further develop the new root system.

The above picture on this site demonstrates how a new lawn will look in about a month after seeding. As the picture shows, a new lawn can look like an established lawn in a very short time. To sum it up, it all starts with the proper amount of soil and the soil pH.

Large white grub in soil

What's Lurking in Your Lawn?

Grubs have been making headlines across the state of Maine for several seasons now.  Turning green lawns brown these beetles have been damaging lawns everywhere.  Learn more about grubs and how Quality Lawn Services can help treat for them.

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