Nursery Sod Maintenance
Elmsdale Landscaping Ltd
Once the sod has been laid it will have to be maintained. The sod must receive enough water to keep it healthy until it roots into the soil beneath. Do not drown the sod, over watered sod discourages rooting and can stimulate undesired grasses. To encourage the health of the turfgrass as it matures, regular mowing (2.5"-3") and regular fertilization (spring, summer and fall) are suggested. Liming in the fall is also recommended as part of a yearly maintenance program. A thick, healthy stand of grass is important to minimize the establishment of weeds.
How to read a fertilizer bag
These 3 numbers indicate the amount (percentage) of macro nutrients, by weight, in the bag. They are always in the same order, N-P-K. Generally speaking N stands for nitrogen (speeds up the metabolism of the plant, increases greening), P for phosphorous (increases and supports root health) and K for potassium (supports seed/fruit development and winter hardiness). Various factors affect nutrient absorption such as soil chemistry (pH), plant health and weather extremes. Soil tests are a good method of determining what type of fertilizer one needs. To keep it simple think of fertilizer as human food, N sugar, P protein and K carbohydrates. It is not healthy to eat a diet of just one of these components, plants are the same. In summary it is wise to apply fertilizers with a representation of each nutrient to support over all plant health.