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General Care and Maintenance for Beautiful
Once a good
lawn is established, fertilize, mow and water properly to maintain a
grass dense enough to resist weeds and disease. This will also keep the grass healthy
enough to produce growth and a pleasant appearance. Once lawn grass is mature, it will produce abundant, organic plants.
The most important factors in maintaining healthy turf grasses are your basic cultural practices:
Mowing - General information on mowing practices
Fertilizing - General information on Grass fertilization
- Watering - General information on grass watering
One of the most important factors about lawn mowing is to keep your lawn mower blades sharp. Dull blades chew the grass and damaged grass
is susceptible to disease. The growth rate of grasses vary with the
presence of moisture, temperature, and fertility. Mow at the proper
height and frequency. See our page on growing grass for a chart of suggested mowing heights for the various species of grass. No
more than one-third the height of the grass leaf blades should be removed when mowing.
Mowing too infrequently can cause a thatch buildup. Mowing
too low can cause problems in turf quality. Healthy grass clippings DO NOT need to be picked up, but diseased clippings DO. Healthy grass clippings will actually provide your lawn
grass with up to 25% nitrogen. Great for the grass great for the environment! However, remove clippings if the amount is excessive. (e.g., clumping occurs). More info at
good quality lawn requires a properly planned fertilization
program. A low fertility lawn is best for those who have little
time or little interest on lawn maintenance and is better on the environment as well as water tables. A high fertility lawn
is for those who have more time for lawn care. Rates and frequency
of application correlate to the choice of a high or low fertility grass species. A
correct fertilization program accompanied by proper watering will
produce a good quality lawn with minimal thatch buildup. There are slow-release fertilizers available that are easy to use and that produce excellent results. A good compost or
organic fertilizer is a preferred fertilization method over chemical fertilizers. More info on fertilization rates
The best practice to
water a lawn is on an as-needed basis. Grass blades will begin to
wilt ( fold, turn bluish-green in color and show signs of
non-recovery from traffic or foot printing) as moisture begins to
be depleted in the soil. If 30% to 50% of the lawn shows these
signs of slight wilting, irrigate with 3/4 inches of water. The
lawn should fully recover within 24 hours. Watering should not be
commenced until the lawn again shows signs of wilting. Proper
watering will help develop a deep root system and help maintain a
lawn that requires less mowing and little thatch buildup. Proper
watering also helps reduce diseases and weed invasions. More info
Read detailed tips about success with
your grass plugs or sod.
Important Shipping Information About Grass Plugs
ORDERS SHIP ON MONDAYS!
YOUR ORDER MUST BE PLACED
BY 10:00 AM EST ON FRIDAY...
FOR THE ORDER TO SHIP THE FOLLOWING MONDAY*
*Subject to any ship delay caused by
adverse weather (rain just prior to shipment)
Orders placed after 10 AM Friday will be scheduled for shipment on the
next cycle (2nd Monday).
Important - Shipping Restrictions:
Due to state agricultural regulations on soils, we can not
ship our Grass Plugs to the following states:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, & Wyoming.
Due to shipping time constraints we do not ship any plugs outside USA mainland States.
(IE: Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska, US Islands). There are no
restrictions on seeds shipped to these states.
Shipment Dates: Our grass plugs ship
seasonally* every Monday for all orders placed the previous week.
Orders must be placed by 10 am EST on Friday in order to ship the
following week. Occasionally shipments may be delayed due to weather issues (heavy rains result in plugs too wet to ship). Since we ship orders ASAP once they are placed, please
order only if you are ready to plant.
*Note: Seedland only ships Grass Plugs during the spring months of February, March, April,
and May. Some varieties may also ship in September and October - Call for
availability. We do not ship during summer months as the heat during
transit can damage the plugs.
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