Did you know we include a landscape package with every home we build? This entails one tree in the front yard, a side or front garden with shrubs, and sod. *Landscape packages depends on the collection of the floor plan.
After we have added the landscape to your home it is best to maintain your plants and sod. Bed preparation is the most is the most important part of survival for your shrubs, flowers, herbs, or vegetables. By properly preparing the soil in your beds just one time can save both money and time over the next several years. By having the right tools, the right soil amendments, and a little elbow grease the first time through you will be able to enjoy your flower beds for years to come with minimal effort. Once this is done to the lawn and landscape, you basically just maintain everything for the time you own the home. Such as properly water, plant annual flowers, proper mowing, mulching and fertilizing. From that period on your cost will drop dramatically from that year forward.
Fertilizing your lawn is a must to maintain a beautiful lawn! Who does not want a dense, healthy and bright green lawn? Fertilization can also help with weed invasion and help your grass tolerate heat, cold, drought and everyday wear. According to Oklahoma State University Extension, turfgrass requires nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). When you shop for fertilizers, you will notice that the level of nitrogen will be higher compared to the other elements because it is required in greater amounts to help with quality, color and density.
According to Oklahoma State University Extension, watering turf tends to be too frequent and too light. This can cause shallow rooting, soil compaction, thatch accumulation and weed growth. Water should be applied in one application to wet the soil to a 6-inch depth. This will help your grass establish deep roots. If water begins to form puddles, stop irrigating and allow the water to soak into the soil. The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning.
Cut grass at a lower level in the summer months to promote lateral spread and to create a tight turf. However, cutting grass too low can cause turf to thin, eliminating tolerate to environmental stresses. During fall months, keep your grass longer than you would during the summer so that the grass will provide insulation for the soil.
Weed Control / Herbicides
No one likes weeds in their yard. The appearance of weeds can be caused by environmental conditions, pests and improper maintenance. Annual weeds complete their life cycle in one growing season and come back each year from seed. The best defense against weeds are herbicides.
Looking for more on how to take care of your lawn? Visit: https://extension.okstate.edu/fact-sheets/lawn-management-in-oklahoma.html for more information of lawn management.