Ahwatukee Landscaping: Basic Tips for Sod Lawns and Trees (Part 1 of 2)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 @ 01:11 AM
posted by Ed Bambauer

You’ve made a significant investment in your Ahwatukee landscaping and you want to make sure you enjoy your yard for years to come.  Living plants need proper and regular care to flourish.  The first step involves learning how to provide that care.  Even if you hire a professional Ahwatukee landscaping company to provide regular maintenance, it’s important to know what type of care each of your plants requires.

Sod Lawns

A healthy lawn needs sunlight, water, fertilizer and mowing.  If a sod lawn has just been installed, you’ll need to water more heavily for the first few weeks until the roots take hold.  You may have to irrigate your new sod lawn up to four times a day for about five minutes each during the first couple of weeks.

Irrigation needs will taper off until the sod is rooted, which typically occurs after four weeks.  Once rooted, you should water your lawn every three days.

When your lawn is established, you’ll need to develop a fertilization schedule.  Typically, fertilization for lawns in Ahwatukee landscaping is done on a monthly basis.  Professional landscapers recommend using a complete fertilizer with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in the proper ratios.

After two or three weeks, your new sod lawn will need to be mowed.  Proper mowing cuts only the top one inch or so of your grass blades.  If your mower blades are dull or you cut too far down, you risk turning your lawn brown.

Trees

When a tree is first planted, it will have to adjust and acclimate before it becomes established in its new location.  Proper care during this period is crucial to a tree’s survival.

Watering depends on the species, location, time of year, soil and age.  For the first couple of weeks, you’ll probably need to water every day or every other day.  The best method is deep watering.  In other words, you want the water to reach down far so the tree’s roots will grow deep into the ground.

After the first couple of weeks, you’ll have to customize your watering schedule and amount to each tree’s specific needs.  By observing the water drainage and soil condition between watering, you can develop the proper method for effective irrigation.

Pruning is mainly done for aesthetics.  However, the primary reason to prune a tree is stability and strength to withstand wind.  One guideline is to not allow a tree’s canopy to become larger than its root base.  In addition, only secondary branches should be pruned so the tree’s major branches can become stronger.

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