After Install Care
Thank you for choosing Precision Landscape and Maintenance to design and install your new landscape! We hope that you are enjoying the beautiful outdoor space that we have created for you. In order to help you keep your new landscape looking its best, we have put together some Colorado-specific tips for care and maintenance.
Watering Kentucky Bluegrass
Proper watering is essential for the health and longevity of your new Kentucky bluegrass lawn. In Colorado, we have a dry, arid climate, so it’s important to water deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root growth. We recommend watering your lawn to a depth of 6-8 inches two or three times a week. You can use a soil probe or screwdriver to check the soil moisture level. If it goes in easily, your soil is moist enough. If not, it’s time to water.
During the first few weeks after installation, it’s especially important to monitor the moisture level of your lawn. You should water your new lawn daily for a few weeks and then gradually decrease the frequency over several weeks until you are watering deeply and infrequently.
Transitioning from a New to Established Kentucky Bluegrass Lawn
When your Kentucky bluegrass lawn is newly installed, it requires more frequent watering to establish the roots. As the lawn matures, it can be transitioned to a less frequent watering schedule. Once your lawn has established roots (usually after about a month), you can water less frequently. You can switch from daily watering to 3 times a week. It’s important to continue watering deeply to encourage deep root growth.
Regular pruning is important to keep your plants healthy and attractive. Prune trees and shrubs to remove dead or diseased branches or to maintain a desired shape. Be sure to use the appropriate pruning tool for the size of the branch, and make clean cuts at an angle just above where the branch meets the trunk or main stem.
Proper fertilization is essential for the growth and health of your landscape. Your new lawn and plants were fertilized when they were installed, but it may be necessary to fertilize again in the future. In Colorado, we recommend applying fertilizer in the fall and spring for your lawn and in the spring for your plants. Be sure to follow the instructions on the fertilizer label and do not over-apply, as this can damage your plants.
Pest and Weed Control
Keeping pests and weeds under control is important for both the health and appearance of your landscape. Check your plants regularly for signs of insect damage or disease, and treat as necessary. Weeds should be removed by hand or with herbicides.
In addition to these specific care tips, there are a few general maintenance tasks that you should perform to keep your landscape in top shape. These include:
Removing debris such as fallen leaves or branches regularly
Mowing your lawn to a proper height (usually about 3 inches in Colorado) and maintaining your mower blades
Checking your irrigation system regularly for leaks or broken heads
Checking your landscape lighting to ensure that all bulbs are working properly
By following these care and maintenance tips, you can ensure that your new landscape stays healthy and beautiful in Colorado for years to come. If you have any questions or concerns about your landscape, please do not hesitate to contact us.