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Q.  Can I install my own sod?

A.  Many homeowners install their own sod.

 

Q.  What is the best way to install sod?  

A.  Lay the sod in a manner similar to laying bricks, only horizontally. Start with the longest and straightest edge, making sure to stagger each row and pull all edges tight together so there are no gaps.

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 This will keep the moisture in the soil longer and help to lessen

 water lost due to evaporation during the heat of the day.

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Maintain & Upgrade Your System

 

July is Smart Irrigation month. Irrigation systems need regular maintenance to keep them working efficiently year after year. Damage from lawn equipment or improper winterization can cause leaks and other serious problems.

 

  • Inspect your system monthly. Check for leaks, broken or clogged sprinkler heads, and other problems. Clean clogged screens and microirrigation filters as needed. 
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Smart Irrigation: Technologies that Use Water Efficiently

 

July is Smart Irrigation Month, and the start of summer is a great time to improve the efficiency of your outdoor irrigation system or install a water-efficient automatic irrigation system. There are many “smart” technologies available today that allow you to maintain beautiful landscapes while maximizing water efficiency. Here are some to consider whether you do it yourself or through a professional contractor.

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Our lawns cool off surrounding areas through the evapotranspiration

process. Lawn areas cool the air as water evaporates from the

blades of grass. As much as 50% of the Sun's heat falling on the turf

will be absorbed and eliminated through transpiration.

 

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  They are designed to release the ingredients slowly over a  

   longer period of time.

 

    They do not need to be applied as often and will reduce

     the chance of burning the lawn when applied.

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Q.  How important is soil preparation?

A.  Soil preparation is one of the most important factors in establishing a lawn. How well the soil holds water and allows the grass to develop its root systems is determined by the condition of the soil.

 

Q.  Is it necessary to rototill the soil?

A.  Breaking up the soil will aid in air flow and allow nutrients to reach the roots. Grass grown on hard packed ground will use more water and be less drought resistant.

 

Q.  How deep should I rototill?

A.  We recommend rototilling at least 4 inches deep.

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Cutting it too short will put unnecessary stress on the

plant and make it more susceptible to damage from

insects and disease.

 

Cutting the grass too short also encourages the weeds

to grow as there is now less competition for the same

space.

 

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Core Aeration:

One way to provide the best growing environment is to awaken your lawn with a good mechanical aeration. Deep aeration will remove soil cores that contain thatch and reduce compaction from winter activities. Aeration will increase water penetration, stimulate new growth, and provide openings for fertilizer, air, and moisture to enter the lawn.

Apply Fertilizer:

Nitrogen is the most important major nutrient that turf grasses require. It is always the first number on the fertilizer label. ScienTurfic Turf Fertilizer 20-20-10 2Fe 3S, contains 20% nitrogen by volume. Nitrogen is needed to promote growth, green color, density, and overall health of the grass plants.

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Better landscaping will usually help to sell a home faster.  It will help to make the house more sellable.

 

One of the easiest and most effective landscape renovations is the installation of a new lawn.  Removing that old, worn out lawn and replacing it with a beautiful new lawn can make a great first impression and really help showcase your property.

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Preparation is the key to installing a new lawn. To grow a great lawn you will need to optimize on site growing conditions. The soil must be prepped and made ready for sod. Sprinkler systems need to be tested and heads adjusted. Don’t make the sod wait to be installed, have everything on site ready before the sod arrives. Use this checklist for a smooth and successful new lawn installation.         

 

 

 

1.  Rototill existing ground

Rototill existing soil 4 to 6 " deep

 

2.  Add organic matter

Add 3 cu yds of Organics per 1,000 sq ft of area to be sodded and rototill in

 

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Q.  What type of grass do you grow?

A.  We produce two varieties. Eco-turf and Sun and Shade. You can find product descriptions and info on our products page. Our Eco-turf is a blend of improved varieties of bluegrass. Sun & Shade is a mixture of bluegrass and tall fescue. 

Q.  Is bluegrass a poor choice for Colorado?

A.  Bluegrass is ideally suited for the semi- arid climate of Colorado. It is both heat and cold tolerant, recuperates from heavy traffic and very drought resistant.

 

Q.  Do you have a grass that grows in shady areas?

 A.  Our Sun and Shade variety contains turf type tall fescue that does well in shade.

 

Q.  What kind of grass is best for Colorado?

A.  ScienTurfic Eco-Turf is a cool season grass that is suited for high elevations, cool nighttime temperatures, and cold winters will do best in the Colorado climate.

 

   
                                                                                          


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Low volume sprinkler heads apply larger drops of water at a much

slower rate than traditional spay heads.

 

This allows  more time for water to soak in with little to no runoff

and will help to reduce water loss from wind drift.

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Fall is the most important time of the year to fertilize your lawn. Fertilizing only in the spring or the summer will deprive your lawn of the extended benefits of fall fertilization.

 

During the summer the grass plant produces energy from photosynthesis that it uses for top growth. As temperatures drop in the fall root growth is favored over plant growth. Energy that the plant produces in the fall is used for root growth. Excess energy is stored in the roots for future use.  This storage of energy means better winter survival and earlier spring green up without the extra mowing that comes with spring fertilization.

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It is better to water less often but for longer periods of time to allow water to penetrate deeper into the soil. 

This will promote deeper root growth.

A lawn with a more extensive root system will need to be watered less often, being able to reach moisture that is available deeper in the soil.

 

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Growing grass scientifically

 

It began over 40 yrs ago with a pair of schoolteachers and an idea; a vision to grow a perfect grass scientifically. This was the beginning of Scien-Turfic Sod, a Colorado sod farm that continues to produce turf grasses for those who demand quality. As the most widely recognized grower of turf grasses in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, ScienTurfic has been growing great lawns for over 4 decades with its environmentally friendly and drought resistant blends of hybrid grasses.

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To prevent run off, especially on slopes, water twice a day, but for less time.

 

Set each zone to run for 1/2 the normal run time, and then cycle through each zone a second time for 1/2 the normal run time.

 

This will allow water to penetrate deeper into the soil and not run off.

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Waiting too long between mowings can cause the grass to grow too long. If the grass blade becomes too long it will cease to support it's own weight and begin to fall over.

 

This will cause the underlying grass to become smothered and even die. The grass will begin to thin out and be more susceptible to disease

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1.  Don't water every day

Watering every day will result in a lawn with shallow root systems. Lawns do not need to be watered every day or even every other day.  Overwatering only wastes water. Watering too frequently discourages the grass from developing the deep root system it needs to take in the water available deeper in the soil in order to become less dependent on supplemental watering.

 

2.  Water early in the morning or late in evening

Not watering during the hottest part of the day will keep the moisture in the soil longer and help to lessen water lost due to evaporation.

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Grass should always be cut according to its rate of growth.

 

 It will grow faster during the cooler months of Spring and Fall, requiring more frequent mowing during times of rapid growth.

 

In the hot months of Summer, as built in survival mechanisms tell the grass to go dormant, it begins to slow down it's growth and will require less frequent mowing.

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