After you install my new patio or walkway, will I have to deal with weeds?
No. A properly constructed paver patio or walkway will have at least 8 inches of compacted stone, and at least an inch of sand beneath the paver or natural stone. It would be nearly impossible for seeds to germinate under the stone and grow through the base. The joints of the pavers will be filled with polymeric sand which hardens like cement when installed properly. The polymeric sand keeps the roots of weeds and grass from settling in the cracks of the walk. We recommend regularly sweeping the patio clean to keep dirt from building up in the joints of the stone.
How long does it take grass seeds to germinate?
It depends on the type of grass. Each type of grass has its own germination period. Rye grass can take up to 10 days, Kentucky blue grass can take up to 5 weeks, while Fescue grass can take up to 21 days. Please keep in mind that temperature and water levels will affect the speed at which the grass seeds germinate.
- Deep less frequent watering is more effective than shallow watering, and will help promote deeper root growth.
- Water the root ball area under the plant rather than the leaves or branches.
- The morning is the best time to water as the nighttime increases the chance of fungus growth while the heat of the day causes excess moisture to evaporate.
- Remember to research the specific care needs of your plants.
- Too much water is never a good thing for plants.
What are the advantages of mulch/stone as a covering for planting beds?
We typically recommend mulch because it holds moisture which is beneficial for plants and trees. Both mulch and stone help to eradicate and prevent weeds while adding beauty to the landscape. The main advantage of stone is that it doesn’t decompose and deteriorate like mulch, which makes it more cost effective in the long term. Mulch brings a softer, more natural look to the design. A combination of the two always works well.
Can I have plants installed and cultivated in the Summer?
Yes, but it’s important to take the same steps as you would in any other planting season:
- Dig hole twice as large as root ball.
- Loosen the roots at the bottom and side of the root ball.
- Place the root ball in the hole so that it is at the same level in soil as before it was dug.
- Backfill the hole with a mixture of existing soil and enriched topsoil.
- Make sure to tamp soil in to prevent settling and to keep the shrub/tree from leaning.