Everyone prefers to have trees in their house for addition of beauty and value, but some widespread misconceptions are surfacing among homeowners. They believe some trees are strong enough not to demand any care or maintenance, but they could not be further from the truth. Trees are, indeed, created in such a way to be self-sufficient but for the purpose of long-lasting value addition, to ensure that your tees look young and healthy as ever, you should take care of your plants by investing in tree care services. Here are the reasons why:
Good Tree Health
Homeowners are not knowledgeable enough to know what the best for their trees is. To the eye, thick and filled canopy may be a sign of health, but this is wrong. Reaching branches act as a hindrance to the sunlight and deprives lower hanging branches of it.
Moreover, it also reduces the required airflow from circulating throughout the tree. Fostering healthy trees is not an easy task and trimming, and pruning is essential aspects of good tree health. Additionally, services such as trimming and pruning inculcate strong branches and prevent weak branches from forming.
Rot and Pests
We know that if dead trees are left to linger, they become homes for pests. How can you figure out when a tree is going to rot soon? With the help of tree care services which could help you catch the early warning signs of rot or even pest infestations. Not all insects attack your trees at the same pace. Parasites like borers and wasps, cause damage to your tree gradually. Moreover, this is contagious as the pests and rotting can quickly spread if you have other trees nearby. Without early inspection, this can become problematic and thus makes tree maintenance a necessity.
Keeping Things Safe
Without the right knowledge and maintenance, trees can pose a threat to security and well-being. Trees that are allowed to grow weak due to lack of care and attention can cause accidents. Trees that exist in the vicinity of power lines can crash down and damage these and even start a fire. They can even crash down on houses. A professional tree caregiver can recognize the warning signs early on, advise you the way to approach the issues, have equipment ready to assist you and maintain your trees and ensure that you are safe.
In my experience if you have an existing lawn it is not always necessary to remove it, in order to install sod,as long as you can level the ground with some organic material.
But remember you will need make the sod level with any edges such as walkways, driveways, or any other surface level with the ground.
To install sod on an existing lawn, cut any existing grass low, and level out any holes or step dips in the yard. Bring in a top soil/ compost mix and spread it evenly through the yard. In most cases it won’t be necessary to add too much extra dirt, but the little bit of compost will help give some nutrients to the roots while your new grass becomes established
How to Remove Existing Lawn
Though it is generally thought to be OK to lay sod over an existing lawn, some landscapers and homeowners prefer to remove any existing lawn before installation of sod.
There are three ways to remove your existing lawn-
Using a glyphosphate like Round Up you can spray your existing lawn, and sod over the dead grass.
Using a Tiller or Bedscaper
If you live where rocks and roots are not an issue, you can use a tiller or bedscaper, to till existing grass into the soil. While your at it add some compost and fertilizer, and mix it in. This type of lawn preparation is timely, but may be the best way to really give your sod a head start.
Using a Shovel (and elbow grease)
If you are really determined to remove that grass, and don’t want to use chemicals or can’t use a tiller, then a shovel may just be your best option. It’s a lot of work, but it will get the job done. Be sure your surface is level when you are through
Now that you have prepared the surface its time to make sure that your edges are prepared properly.
You may have already done this in step one of How to Install Sod, but if you have not be sure to now.
Be sure that edges along any paths, parts of the driveway, or garden beds are dug down enough that when the sod is laid it will be even with the surface. Usually this will be about 1 inch below the fixed edge you are installing around.
If you have not already, it’s time to fertilize.
Fertilizing now will allow all of your fertilizer to get fully beneath the surface to feed the roots.Though you can add fertilizer after laying the sod, you may lose some of it due to runoff.
Fertilizers are essential for a green lawn as they aid your new sod with nutrient uptake and improve the soils PH, which allows the roots to establish themselves deeper in the soil, leading to a healthier, happier, and greener lawn.
Now it’s time for the fun part!
Your surface has been leveled and prepared, and it’s time to unroll your brand new lawn!
Start with the longest fixed edge or any edge in the landscape that can not be moved e.x. garden beds, house, sidewalk etc. Using scissors, clippers or a knife cut your edge in, laying the sod parallel to the longest fixed edge.
Tips For A Proper Installation
Start the first run on the longest fixed landscape edge
Be sure to stagger each run so that the short edges don’t line up with each other
Do not Overlap edges
Be sure that the turf is level with any fixed edge, where it needs to be
Finally water in your new lawn, and admire your hard work!
Make sure you water in the new sod for at least one hour per day for the first 10 days,otherwise the investment in your new turf grass will most likely perish, as newly laid sod needs tons of water while it is “rooting” to your lawn.
If you are installing your grass during the summer months, you’ll need to double the watering to at least twice a day for a one hour duration to compensate for the high temperatures . Of course, if you’re lucky enough to get some rain, you will not need to water on that particular day.
Final Maintenance Points
Be sure to maintain proper levels of irrigation while your turf establishes itself
Walk on your new lawn as little as possible, newly laid turf can be fragile for the first few weeks, especially when wet.