Caring for New Seed

Protect Your Investment with Proper Care

Water is the most important thing when caring for new seed.  The seedbed must be continually moist during seed germination.  If the germinating seeds or seedlings dry out even briefly, they will die.  Grass seeds also do not germinate at once.  From the time you see the first seedlings, germination will continue for another 7-10 days.  This is the critical time to keep the seedbed moist.  After planting, thoroughly soak the seedbed to a depth of at least three inches with gentle watering, then keep the the seedbed continually moist with frequent light watering.  An Agua Fina irrigation system is the best way to ensure your new seed bed is properly cared for during planting and the germination period.

    

New Seed Watering Schedule

Weeks 1 thru 3 - Water 3 times daily at 8, 12, & 4 o'clock, with light sprinklings to keep the seedbed continually moist.  Weeks 2 thru 5 - Water once per day about twice as long as each watering during the 1st three weeks.  After the first five weeks, water deeply once a week for the remainder of year. Water should be applied for a period of time, so when measured, it accumulates about ½ inch of water in small can or rain gauge.

    

Mowing New Grass

Mow the new grass as soon as it is 4 inches tall with the mower set at 3 inches. Continue to mow at that height for the rest of the year. Rake up any clumps of grass or leaves that may suffocate new grass underneath.

    

Fertilizing & Weed Control

We will fertilize again as part of your regular program to continue plant development.  Weeds can not be sprayed in new turf until it has been mowed at least twice.  Proper care for your new seed is how you can make a big impact on the health and beauty of your lawn. Agua Fina is happy to work with you towards that lawn that will make you proud.

   

 

    

The Many Benefits of a Healthy Lawn**

Your lawn is often taken for granted - it's easy to overlook the many reasons why a healthy lawn is an important part of our lives.  The following are just a few reasons why a healthy and well-maintained lawn is so important:

 

Aesthetically pleasing

The value of turfed areas have been recognized for their beauty since China's emperors maintained mowed grass areas (157-87 B.C.).Today, lawns are an integral part of commercial and home landscaping.

 

Business & home improvement

Businesses and manufacturing complexes that have well-maintained grassy areas create a favorable impression to the general public, employees, and customers. Monetary value is associated with a well-manicured lawn. As a result, sale prices increase the value of both residential and commercial properties by 15 percent to 20 percent.

 

Erosion and runoff control

Grasses greatly control erosion by intercepting both raindrops before they disturb the soil and slow-flowing water so that larger soil particles are captured from the collected water. A highly maintained lawn greatly reduces runoff of water and pollutants. Dense turf grass cleans the water, which helps maintain a high-quality environment.

 

Junk prevention

Garbage is less likely to be thrown on an area where there is a well-maintained lawn.

 

Promotes Health

The care of turf grasses and other plants is considered so therapeutic it is used in a variety of rehabilitation programs, including those for the ill, elderly, handicapped, and the incarcerated.  Residents of hospitals and care facilities benefit greatly from a well-maintained lawn.

 

Noise reducer

Grassy areas reduce excessive sound, something especially appreciated in urban areas. Grassy slopes beside lowered expressways decrease noise 8-10 decibels.  Quiet grassy areas also create feelings of serenity, thoughtfulness, and happiness.

 

Pollutant blocker

Turf grasses absorb such pollutants as carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide, which renders the air unfit to breathe. Turf grass thatch also acts as a barrier that deters chemicals from entering the soil profile.  Dust and smoke particles from the atmosphere are trapped by turf, keeping our air cleaner and fresher. The oxygen generated by turf grasses has a major impact on making our environment habitable. A 50-foot by 50-foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe for one year.

Michael Dean

(913) 530-7260

mdean@goaguafina.com

Hector Dean

(913) 530-5661

hdean@goaguafina.com

  

Fine-Tune Your Irrigation System

Save Money & See Better Results*

Automated irrigation systems offer convenience while protecting your landscape investment. A well-maintained system keeps your lawn and landscape beautiful and healthy, while minimizing water waste.

    

Adapt your watering schedule to the weather and the season.

Familiarize yourself with the settings on your irrigation controller and adjust the watering schedule regularly.

    

Schedule watering for each zone separately.

For each area, take into account type of sprinkler, sun or shade exposure, soil type and plant requirements.

    

Inspect your system regularly.

Have your system checked for leaks, broken or clogged heads, and other problems, or better yet, have Agua Fina regularly check your system. Clean micro irrigation filters as needed.

    

Adjust sprinkler heads.

Remove obstructions that prevent sprinklers from distributing water evenly and make sure you’re watering plants, not sidewalks or buildings.

    

Have your system audited.

Agua Fina can conduct an irrigation audit and a uniformity test to make sure each zone is being watered evenly.

    

Install an inexpensive rain shutoff switch.

 Required by law in many states, these money-saving sensors prevent watering in rainy weather and can be retrofitted to almost any system.

    

Consider “smart” technology.

Climate or soil moisture sensor-based controllers evaluate weather or soil moisture conditions and then automatically adjust the watering schedule to meet the specific needs of your landscape.

    

Think about low-volume drip irrigation for plant beds.

Install micro irrigation for gardens, trees and shrubs to minimize evaporation and runoff. Options include drip (also known as trickle), micro-spray jets, micro-sprinklers and bubbler irrigation.

    

Water at the right time of day.

Watering when the sun is low, winds are calm and temperatures are cooler minimizes evaporation by as much as 30 percent. The best times to water are late afternoon, evening and just before sunrise.

    

Water more often for shorter periods.

Setting your system to run for three, 5-minute intervals lets soil absorb more water than watering for 15 minutes at one time.

    

Water only when needed.

Saturate root zones and let the soil dry. Overwatering results in shallow roots and encourages weeds, disease and fungus growth.

     

    

  

* Provided by the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation - www.irrigation.org

    

** The Many Benefits of a Healthy lawn courtesy of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET)  www.landcarenetwork.org

  

 

 

    

AguaFina is a certified arborist in the state of Kansas and a member of the following irrigation and landscape associations....