What is the benefit of turfgrass over more maintenance free products?
Because of todays ecological concerns, many people choose turfgrass because of the environmental and health benefits it offers. Turfgrass cools and cleans the atmosphere, releases oxygen, stores carbon, breaks down harmfull pollutants, enriches the soil, minimizes dust, provides erosion control, minimizes storm runoff, provides noise abatement, and is a complete dream to have a picnic on. Turfgrass needs no special care but a good water once a week and a clean sharp mower every 2 weeks. It is a perfect, safe surface for children to play and is the perfect backdrop for a afternoon retreat.
Environmentally speaking ... 55 square feet of turfgrass provides enough oxygen for one person for an entire day. Lawn areas in the U.S. alone store up to 37 billion pounds carbon annually. The front lawns on a block of eight average homes have the cooling effect of 70 tonnes of air conditioning. Turfgrass traps an estimated 12 million tonnes of dust and dirt annually. The strategic use of turfgrass is the most sensible and economically feasable approach to countering the greenhouse effect in urban areas.
How do I care for my new sodded lawn?
Your new lawn will require plenty of water in the first few weeks. For the first 10 days water twice every day for approximately 30 minutes. Water evenly and slowly enough that it penetrates the soil without running off. Pull back a corner of turf and push a sharp tool into the soil, it should push in easily and have moisture to a 6 inch depth. Make certain the entire lawn is receiving water. Corners and edges are vulnerable to drying out and are easily missed by sprinklers. Once the sod has begun to root into the soil, gradually increase the duration and decrease the frequency of the watering until you are watering once per week for about an hour. A healthy 3 week old lawn needs about an inch of water per week - rain included. Avoid over watering as sitting water prevents air from reaching the root zone and will become mosquito bar and tavern. Watering is best done in the very early morning as it falls into the grass's normal growing cycle. Look at your lawn to determine its watering needs. Grass in need of moisture will have a grey/blue cast rather than a green color. Inspecting the lawn frequently will help you determine its water requirements and avoid over or under watering.
Proper mowing keeps lawns healthy. You can mow your lawn usuallly about 7-10 days after installation. It is possible to kill a lush new lawn in two mowings. Be sure the blades are sharp and never mow a new lawn less than 2". Don't let the grass grow so tall it falls over. The taller the grass, the less dense the lawn and higher the likelihood of disease infestation. If you mow frequently, leave the clippings in the grass, they will decompose and help soil fertility. Heavy clippings must be removed or they smother the lawn. Try to stay off your new lawn for a few weeks after installation to give the roots opportunity to firmly knit into the soil.
We just bought a new home and we'd like to do our own landscaping. Where do I start?
You start by hiring a professional.... As much as we would love to do everyones yard we are aware that some folks are green thumbs. Start by developing a plan. Study your raw space at all hours of the day. Keep an eye on the areas that seem to dry first, places in your yard that drain slowly or the sun hits for long periods should be noted. Gather some resources online or in books (or call sisbro 780 504 4284) to help you decide what is suited for where. Sisbro does offer delivery service for all landscape products you may need including sod and topsoil. Some important conversions you may need to order follow:
1 square foot = 0.929 square meters
1 linear foot = 0.3048 linear meters
1 square meter = 10.764 square feet
1 linear meter = 3.2808 linear feet
To figure out how much topsoil you need - ( Length (ft) x Width (ft) x Depth (ft) ) / 27= cubic yards
To figure out how much sod you need measure LxW in feet or meters and add about 5%