Lawn Care Tips

Solutions to a few of the common lawn problems experienced in southern Alberta.


New Sod

Trees and Shrubs

After you have had your new sod installed, you should keep it thoroughly moist for at least 10 days.  We recommend watering your sod in the mornings and evenings for at least an hour each time.  By not watering when the sun is at its most intense, you prevent burning your new sod and you also conserve water by minimizing evaporation.

After watering, take the time to check the sod for any dry spots that may have been missed and hand water those areas thoroughly.  If you notice any areas of your lawn that are turning brown, then that is an indication that it is not getting enough water.

After the first week, you can reduce watering to once every couple of days, depending on the weather.  After 2 weeks you should see new growth.  At this time, you can cut watering back to once every week.  This should be sufficient to sustain a healthy lawn.

Do not fertilize for at least 6 weeks.  Farmboy Landscaping & Maintenance has fertilized the sod at the root level to help the sod establish quickly.

Please do not walk on your new sod for at least 10 days.  The sod needs to be left undisturbed while the roots get established.  If you must walk on the lawn, take a different route each time and avoid areas that are very wet.  This will minimize impressions from the footsteps.

Do not cut your lawn for at least 2 weeks and when you do, set your lawn mower to the highest setting.

Caring for your new trees and shrubs is very important.  Protect your investment by proper watering techniques.

Large caliper trees should be watered every couple of days for the first couple of weeks.  Let water trickle at the base of the tree for ½ – 1 hour so that the water has time to soak down deep to the roots.

Shrubs should be watered every couple of days.  Any wilting of leaves will indicate a shrub that is lacking water.

Dew Worms

Sparse Grass

Dog Spots

These are large worms (night crawlers) that naturally aerate your soil.  However, they leave your lawn very bumpy and uneven.  If you want to rid your lawn of them, aerate your lawn and then top dress with sand.
Sand is dry and holds no moisture and they may try to find a new home elsewhere.  The sand will also help to fill in the dips and level your yard.  Do this a couple of times per season.

Areas of your lawn that have sparse grass are usually a result of high traffic, lack of sunlight or watering, poor subsoil or neglect.  Installation of stepping stones in high traffic areas, substitution of decorative rock in areas with poor sunlight, top dressing with screened loam and seed or a complete removal and re-loaming and sodding of lawns with poor subsoil  are all methods to overcome this problem.

Pet ownership can come with its downfalls to maintaining a healthy lawn.  Nitrogen in the dog urine can be so strong that it will burn areas of your lawn.

To remedy this problem, rake the brown spot thoroughly and aerate the area.  Top dress with a mixture of loam, sand and grass seed.

Fairy Rings

Mice/Moles

Fairy rings are a fungus that appears like an arc or circle with darker and faster growing grass on either side. The presence of mushrooms in the affected area is a sure sign of a fairy ring especially in times of abundant moisture.

This fungus spreads easily and is difficult to control.  One method to control a fairy ring is to poke deep holes in the infected area with a garden fork or aerating tool, water area thoroughly and apply a high nitrogen fertilizer.

Another method is to dig out the fairy ring by removing an area 12” from the outer edge and 12” deep.  Take care to contain contaminated soil to prevent the spread of fungus and disinfect garden tools with household bleach after use.

Moles can tunnel under your lawn and create an unsightly mess and once they have moved in, are hard to get rid of.

One method to get rid of moles is a mole trap with a little bit of peanut butter on it.  Place it near an active hole, cover it with a small container to protect it from pets and the weather and then wait.

Another method is to place “chewed” gum next to the hole.  They will eat it but cannot digest it and will die.  Other methods include poisons, toxic gases and high pitched sounds but this is not recommended as it is not safe for pets or the environment.