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Landscaping Guide For Homeowners

Hello, my name is Justin Malone and on this blog you'll find a lot of useful information about landscaping. When I moved into my newly built home, I didn't even have any grass in my yard, so I had to start from scratch. Before I tackled the project of landscaping my property, I did a large amount of research first. I learned how to plant grass seed, and when the grass started to grow, I researched planting trees. As my yard started taking shape, I planted shrubs and made flower beds. My next landscape project was building a fish pond and I completed it with ease after doing the research. I'm writing this blog as a guide for others who want to do their own landscaping and I hope that it helps you learn how to create a beautiful yard.

Installing Sod on Your Property

For a person that is wanting to dramatically update their landscaping, sod can be an excellent option due to its ease of installation and the ability to avoid the lengthy time to grow grass from seeds. When you are using sod, it is important to avoid some potentially devastating mistakes when placing the sod and caring for it.

Ensure the Soil Is Prepared for the New Sod

Before placing the sod on the ground, you will need to thoroughly prepare the soil. Depending on the quality of the topsoil for your property, this may involve adding fertilizers or even placing a supplementary layer of topsoil over the ground. Additionally, weeds and other small plants that are growing should be removed as they could cause damage to the roots of your sod.

Stay Off the Sod for Several Weeks

After the sod has been put in place, you should avoid walking on it for at least several weeks. This is important due to the need for the roots of the sod to grow into the soil. Walking on the sod before this has occurred can lead to the sod shifting positions in a way that could damage the roots and cause this bonding process to restart. Due to the limited amount of nutrients in the soil that the sod is growing out of, you will want the roots to grow into the soil as quickly as possible. Otherwise, the nutrients in this soil could become depleted, which may cause health problems for the sod.

Know the Optimal Length for the Blades of Grass

Because you will need to stay off the sod for several weeks, it may be fairly long the first time that you can mow it. One mistake that homeowners may make with their sod is mowing it too short. When the blades of grass are cut too short, the sod may struggle to produce enough energy. Luckily, when you are choosing a sod grass, the supplier can provide you with the care instructions for that particular type of grass.

In addition to helping you to mow it to the correct length, this will also provide guidance with fertilizing and watering it. Due to the sensitive nature of newly installed sod, you should follow these care instructions as closely as possible for at least the first complete growing season. This can help the sod to grow as thick and healthy as possible.