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Edging, Sod and Turf
All Edging Maintenance
Ensure Ensure the grass is routinely cut back to prevent it from growing over the top of the edging.
Poly/Aluminum Edging Maintenance
Make sure the edging is not pulled up above the ground to the point where the lawn mower would hit it. If it is raised, push it back down and insert a spike to prevent it from lifting. Edging height should be checked every spring and repaired as necessary.
Granite Edging Maintenance
Ensure all stones are in place, however they do not need to be stuck in the ground.
The joints can be filled with polymeric sand if desired.
Granite edging can be sealed if desired.
Concrete Edging Maintenance
We recommend resealing the concrete every 3 years.
A one-year workmanship warranty exists on edging construction performed by Greentree.
Greentree is not liable for any lifting, chipping, discolouration, and/or disfiguration of material that may occur after installation. This includes damage from de-icing salts or other products administered.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Which edging has the longest lifespan?
A: Granite edging has the longest lifespan. The weakest part of granite edging, and the only part that ages, is the subsurface concrete. Since it is below surface, you will not see it fade like you would a sidewalk, and although it will crack with time, it will remain a strong base for the granite.
Q: Are there gaps between each granite stone?
A: Yes, the granite comes in pre-cut squares and rectangles so whenever they are used to make a curving line, gaps will be noticeable. Even with a rectilinear edging design, there will be small gaps as the stones will not fit perfectly together. Not to worry though, there is still concrete below to stop the grass roots.
Q: Why are some of the stones not stuck to the concrete?
A: The concrete is meant to stabilize the stones to prevent sinking. While many of the stones will stick initially, they will not be permanently adhered. If desired, it is acceptable to glue the stones to the concrete; we suggest using Bulldog brand PL Premium to do so.
Q: Does “Quickcurb” crack?
A: Since “Quickcurb” is concrete, it will crack through the freeze/thaw cycle; just like a concrete sidewalk, it is inevitable, however the severity is related to the amount of water in the soil below.
Q: What happens if I hit “Quickcurb” with my lawn mower?
A: “Quickcurb” is stamped and sealed concrete therefore you do run the risk of wearing away the sealant or even chipping away the concrete if your mower makes contact with it. To be safe, always mow 6” away from the edging and then use a lawn trimmer to get nice and close to the edging.
Q: Do I have to re-seal “Quckcurb”?
A: Sealant deteriorates over time unfortunately. How quickly it will need to be resealed depends on the amount of traffic or wear-and-tear and the amount of sunlight it receives. You should reseal it the summer after it is installed and then every 2 to 3 years following.
Q: Why doesn’t polyethylene (plastic) edging stay in the ground?
A: Polyethylene edging has no strong way of being secure in the ground. Therefore, just like rocks rise in fields, polyethylene edging will rise in lawns.
Q: Does aluminum edging stay in the ground? A: Since aluminum is much more rigid and tear-resistant than plastic, it can be anchored in the ground very well and has a slimmer profile; it will stay in the ground better than polyethylene edging.
Q: Will I be able to mow along aluminum edging?
A: Yes, as you will see in our construction specifications, aluminum edging is to be installed below mower deck heights. Although it doesn’t create a noticeable path to follow like granite edging, you will be able to mow right over top of it.
Your new sod has just been laid and fertilized however it is in desperate need of water. For the next 3 days, water your lawn 2 times a day – once early in the morning and then once in the evening: this helps prevent it from evaporating in the hot afternoon sun. It is important to completely soak the lawn to the point that it would become mushy to walk on. As the new soil under the sod is dry, it is important to hydrate the soil. After the lawn is soaked to the point where walking on it will leave indentations, avoid walking on the lawn for 3 weeks. Any indentations will not be covered by warranty. Check to ensure the soil has stabilized prior to walking on or mowing the lawn.
A trick to water the lawn without walking on the lawn is to place the sprinkler at 1 edge and the hose at the other edge of lawn and then pull the hose until the sprinkler is in the middle of the lawn.
It is not possible to overwater the lawn within the first 3 days.
For the next 3 weeks, slow the watering down to 1 time per day. Be sure to water just long enough for the moisture to soak into the soil below the sod. An easy way to check is to lift a piece of sod that has just been watered, to see if the soil beneath it has been watered.
Remember the sod roots are still very shallow so frequent watering is important during these first weeks.
A new lawn should not be aerated for 2 years; after this time, it is recommended to aerate the lawn in the spring and fall each year.
A new lawn should also not be power raked in the first 2 years. During the first 2 years, it should be hand raked to dethatch; this should be done each spring.
We recommend watering the lawn once every 2 days; remember, less frequent deep watering is preferred to more frequent shallow watering. The roots only grow as deep as the available water supply. Deep rooted grass survives drought and hot weather more easily.
We recommend that when you have your lawn aerated, you seed immediately thereafter, using a coated seed.
We recommend you reseed every spring and fall.
We recommend fertilizing your lawn 2 times per year with a corn-gluten based organic fertilizer. It should be applied in the spring, 10 days after reseeding and again in August. This product has seed inhibiting properties that can organically control weeds. It will not be as effective as a chemical weed inhibitor however the best way to control weeds naturally is to have a healthy lawn. This fertilizer can be augmented as needed with a fish based liquid fertilizer.
It is not advisable for pets to do their business on the lawn as this can cause damage to the lawn.
Greentree provides a 1 time, 1 year warranty for sod growth until July 1st of the following year after installation.
Warranty is void if the sod is not properly watered, if there are signs of physical damage or if there are pet stains.
Sod that buds up directly against trees, houses or buildings is not subject to warranty.
Levelness or depressions of the lawn are not subject to warranty.
It is up to the client to manage a watering schedule for sod; this includes managing an irrigation system, if applicable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: My new lawn has mushrooms growing in it – what can I do?
A: Since new lawns receive so much moisture, it is normal to see mushrooms growing in the lawn. These are not harmful and will go away once the lawn goes back to normal watering.
Q: Why does the sod dry out so fast along concrete?
A: Since The edges of sod that touch concrete (the house, driveway, sidewalk, etc) may need more frequent watering than other areas of the lawn. As the concrete gets hot, the evaporation rate increases and it tends to suck up a lot of moisture.
Q: Some of my sod has turned yellow – what can I do?
A: It is also normal to have pieces of sod – sometimes even half a piece and other times whole sections – that turn yellow in about a week. This can happen for 2 reasons: if it’s a section, it has probably been allowed to dry out once and therefore will require more frequent watering. If the sod has turned yellow in individual pieces, this is likely due to the sod being cut slightly thinner than normal. In either instance, be sure to continue frequent watering and after 3 to 4 weeks, the lawn will turn back to green just as though nothing had ever happened. Should you have any problems with the lawn, remember it is covered under Greentree’s Warranty. However, because of this common scenario, it is advisable to wait 30 days to determine if the lawn has taken or not.
Q: When can I mow the new grass?
A: The first mowing should take place after you can walk on it without leaving indentations; usually after the 3 week mark. When you mow your grass for the first time, the grass should be very long – usually around 5” tall – therefore it is recommended that your lawn mower is at the highest possible setting. 3 days after the first mow, mow again at the height you plan on normally mowing.
Q: Can I use lawn care products right away?
As the sod was fertilized just before installation and is now establishing itself, do not put any weed control products on the lawn for 90 days. However, after 30 days, it is recommended to fertilize the lawn using an organic fertilizer.
Q: Why does my grass look different?
A: Depending on the year, grass will seed between May and July; this is a normal part of the growing cycle and the grass will return to normal once the seed process is complete.
Artificial turf should be washed down with a garden hose (do not use a high pressure washer) every spring and more often if required.
Weeds may manage to grow along the edges or joints. These should be pulled from the roots or treated with a non–selective herbicide.
Every other year, we recommend sweeping in additional sand to fill gaps between the blades of grass; this keeps the turf standing upright.
It is important to remove fruits and vegetables (apples, berries, etc) from the turf as they contain acids that may stain the turf.
Greentree offers a 1 year workmanship warranty on artificial turf.
All artificial turf Greentree installs comes with a manufacturer’s warranty.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: My artificial turf is leaning to one side – what can I do?
A: This can be corrected by sweeping it in the opposite direction.
Q: Can pets go to the washroom on artificial turf?
A: Yes, however we recommend training your pets to go to the washroom in a certain location. When pets do their business on artificial turf, the feces should be disposed of, then the area should be rinsed off with a garden hose; the area where your pet urinates should be rinsed off with a garden hose as well.
Q: Are seams in artificial turf noticeable?
A: Yes, due to the manufacturing process of the artificial turf, it is impossible to hide the seams from all angles.