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Watering & Warranty

How to properly care for new sod, grass seed, or plants, along with our warranty.

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Watering New Turfgrass Sod

  • The first watering of newly installed turfgrass sod is the most important.  Begin watering immediately after installation of new turfgrass.  The first watering establishes how well the grass will perform for years to come.
  • It is essential to begin watering new turf within a half hour after it is laid on the soil.  Apply at least 1 inch of water so that the soil beneath the turf is very wet.  Ideally, the soil 3 to 4 inches below the surface will be moist.
  • For the next two weeks (or until the turf is well rooted), keep the below-turf soil surface moist with daily (or more frequent) watering of approximately 1/4 inch each.  Especially hot, dry, or windy periods will necessitate increased watering amounts and frequency.
  • During the remainder of the growing season, most lawns will do very well with a maximum of 1 inch of water a week, coming either from rain or applied water.  Soil conditions may dictate that the amount be applied in two settings, two to three days apart.  This amount of water, properly applied, is all that is required for the health of the grass, providing it is applied evenly and saturates the underlying soil to a depth of 4 to 6 in.
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT SOD AND SEED ARE NOT COVERED UNDER ANY WARRANTY. BOTH REQUIRE ATTENTION AND PROPER MAINTENANCE ON A DAILY BASIS. LACK OF PROPER MAINTENANCE FOR ONE DAY COULD CAUSE BOTH OF THESE ITEMS TO DIE.

Watering Newly Planted Lawns

  • Keep the lawn surface moist for the first 3 weeks (light daily watering).
  • For the next 3 weeks, water more thoroughly but less often (2 to 3 times per week).
  • Timing: Try to avoid watering in the evening, unless your work schedule makes it absolutely necessary.
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT SOD AND SEED ARE NOT COVERED UNDER ANY WARRANTY. BOTH REQUIRE ATTENTION AND PROPER MAINTENANCE ON A DAILY BASIS. LACK OF PROPER MAINTENANCE FOR ONE DAY COULD CAUSE BOTH OF THESE ITEMS TO DIE.

Watering Newly Planted Shrubs & Trees

  • There is no absolute solution to watering, given differing plant materials and site conditions. A guideline, however, for watering trees and shrubs is to make sure they receive 1” of water per week. When first planted you may need to water five to six times a week until the roots begin to move into the surrounding soil, but as the plant establishes, you can reduce your frequency of watering.
  • Do not depend on irrigation systems for watering new trees and shrubs.
  • If the plant foliage appears wilted, check surrounding soil for dryness. If the soil is very dry, simply water. 
  •  Weather conditions will play a large role in determining when to water. Rainy, cloudy, cooler weather means watering less often. Sunny, windy, and warmer weather requires more frequent watering. In a dry fall/winter season, water new plants through the fall.

The “Linnemann Difference” Plant Warranty Policy Effective 8-18-17

Trees, shrubs, and perennials that are purchased from and installed by Linnemann Lawn Care & Landscaping, Inc. are guaranteed for a period of 3 years from the date of installation.  A replacement need during the first year of coverage includes both the plant and installation fees.  A failure during the second through third year of coverage includes the plant only.  Furthermore, for any warranty claim after day 365 past the installation date, the client will be responsible for labor to re-install the replacement plant.  Only the originally purchased plant is covered by this guarantee.  There are no cash refunds.  The plant material has been inspected before and during the planting, with care exercised by our company to ensure proper planting procedures.  Please note however, there are several circumstances in which the material will not be covered under any warranty.  Those are including, and not limited to, the following:

  1. Plant material that has been found to have died from lack of water or lack of maintenance.
  2. Plant material that has been damaged by animals or acts of vandalism.
  3. Plant material damaged by any "Act of God" that we have no control over, i.e.: winter-burn, windburn, drought, flooding, etc.
  4. Plant material found to be damaged by insect infestation. The plant material has been inspected and certified to American Nurseryman Standards and Specifications. Our plants are guaranteed to be insect free at time of planting.
  5. Annuals are seasonal and die at the end of the season and are not covered under any warranty.
  6. Any plant material that has been pulled out or cut down prior to inspection
  7. The client’s account was never past due (30-day terms)

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