Category: Perennials
Bloomtime Range: Mid Spring
Height: 5-36"
Hardiness Zone Range: 4-8
Light: Sun - Full Sun
Water: Normal
Soil: Mostly Sand - Some Clay
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General Care Instructions and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for choosing us for your landscaping needs. As we search for better ways to serve your needs, we have identified these as the most frequently asked questions and problems. Please ask us any questions you wish. We are always happy to answer. We rely on your input to help serve you better.


Grass-Seeding

We provide a professional, workmanlike preparation and application of quality Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture certified seed. We do not guarantee an instant lawn. That takes time and continuing effort.

 

Sod

As with seed, only the application and quality of product are guaranteed. Sod will die only if it is not cared for properly.

 

Grass Care

Watering/feeding/weed killing--these vary with conditions and type of soil and lawn. Please ask if you are not sure. We are happy to answer all of your questions. It is never a bother. Watering is absolutely crucial!! So please ask if you have any doubts at all. We truly want you to have that beautiful lawn!

In general for seeded areas the goal is not soaking but keeping the area moist to encourage seed germination. Lightly watering 5 minutes twice a day until germination (7-10 days for starter rye and fescue grasses and 14-21 days for bluegrass) is ideal. After that once every third or fourth day a deeper soaking (½" to 1" of water – to determine that put a coffee can 10’ from your sprinkler and time it to see when the needed amount has been reached). That deeper soaking draws the new roots down into the soil. The deep soaking watering applies also to sod and should be done for two weeks or until the second cutting and checked thereafter with spot watering.

 

Special note: it is very important to have a newly sharpened blade on your mower or on that of your lawn cutter in order to not damage the new lawn. You can easily tell if the blade is dull if two or three days after cutting the lawn appears whitish – this is from the blades of grass being torn and getting ‘split ends.’

Sod may be walked on after about three weeks or its first cutting being careful not to do so immediately after a watering. Seeded areas will need 4-6 weeks before light traffic and should not get heavy wear until after the second cutting.

 

Plant Material

New plantings installed by us are guaranteed for one year as long as you provide proper care, which is your responsibility. Please check the bottom of your estimate/contract form for more specifics of the warranty. We install Department of Agriculture certified pest-free plants. If an insect or disease problem occurs after the plants become yours, call if you have any questions as to how to treat them to keep your valuable plants healthy. We are happy to advise you on treatment or will perform it for you for a fee.


Plant materials are guaranteed for one year. This covers materials and labor. The specifics and limitations of the guarantee are on your contract.

Transplants are not guaranteed. We do have a 95% success rate with transplants, but there are many extenuating factors beyond our control such as age, root development, and soil composition that make it impossible to guarantee them. However, our success rate speaks for itself.

Herbaceous plants (annuals, roses, and perennials) are not guaranteed, however, these plants rarely die if cared for properly.

 

Plant Care in Brief

As always: for specifics and with any questions please call. First Year: Water as necessary. I recommend that you water new plantings whenever possible by hand with no nozzle on the hose. The length of time for watering varies by season and by individual plant type so please call with specific questions.

In general: water when the sun is not at its hottest – morning is a great time; water smaller plants (2 qt. To 1 gallon pot sizes) for 10 seconds; medium plants (2-3 gallon sizes) for 20-30 seconds; larger plants for 1 minute. Trees require a slow soaking drip for 1 hour every 5-7 days depending upon the time of year.

In the first year after installation you should feed proper food beginning in May. Apply liquid food such as Miracid or Miracle-Gro two times per month through June, July and August. Feed again in October with the appropriate slow acting food, for example: Holly-Tone for evergreens.

Second Year: Feed spring and fall only with slow acting food; all else the same.

Third Year: Spring feeding in May or after flowering.

 

Weed control

apply Preen pre-emerge weed preventative in late March or early April, yearly, according to directions and again in July to prevent up to 90% of weeds. Round-up® used properly will kill those weeds that Preen does not prevent. These are both very safe products when used in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions. Special note: Preen does not prevent the weed thistle from germinating. Do not pull this weeds since that only encourages it to spread. Carefully apply Round-up and wait for the weed to yellow before removing.

 

Patios and walkways

Properly installed, these durable stone materials last for many decades. On rare occasion an especially severe winter can result in a small amount of "frost movement." This will usually settle out as Spring thaws finally arrive. I have only had to adjust three small areas in over thirty years and the charge was minimal. We work extra hard to ensure that your patio or walk is installed with the proper base materials and with the proper compaction. These are the elements that truly make them last. An application of an herbicide such as Round-upÔ will control any small bits of growth through the patio’s spaces.

 

Fencing

The warranty on fencing is one year. Due to climate conditions, fences and gates may become loose or misaligned. Within a year after initial installation, we will gladly correct any problems free of charge. We recommend that you oil gate hinges and latches once a year.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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