Save on a new lawn this spring
If you’re like many islanders, you might be spending a lot of time these days working on a list of home renovation projects. This is also a perfect time to tackle the project of repairing and improving your lawn.
“A healthy lawn offers numerous benefits,” says Sean Fong, owner of Hawaiian Turfgrass. “It beautifies your property, reduces noise and creates a cooling effect. It minimizes dust and cleans the air.”
Healthy lawns also trap stormwater runoff, which helps prevent erosion and improve flood control.
Thanks to online ordering — now available online at hawaiianturfgrass.com — it’s never been easier to purchase a new lawn. For those who are handier with a hammer than with a rake, the Mililani farm, a licensed contractor, offers complete turnkey installation services.
Hawaiian Turfgrass also offers both pickup and curbside delivery for your convenience. If you’re planning to do the job yourself, follow these steps carefully before pickup or delivery to help ensure that your new lawn will thrive for years.
First, carefully remove the old lawn and all weeds.
“Whether you do it with herbicides or organically, this step is critical; it’ll take two to four weeks,” advises Fong. “The last thing you want is for weeds and old grasses to come through the new sod. Take your time and protect your investment.”
Next, rake and remove roots and plant material. Loosen and till the soil, then rake until the surface is level.
Soil amendment is the third step.
“Spread 1 inch of high-quality compost across the entire area,” Fong recommends. “This creates a healthy surface with lots of nutrients.”
Creating a level surface to install the sod is the next step. Fong’s team spreads the compost with rakes and then uses a drum roller to remove divots.
When it’s time to install, plant the sod over the compost base in a checkerboard pattern, with seams pushed close together. Go back and forth with the drum roller to help your new sod make contact with the compost beneath it.
“If the grass is soaked enough, it’ll be soft, and the water will squish out from the roller,” says Fong. “Water it in to encourage the roots to tack down.”
After installation, Fong recommends watering two or three times a day for the next three weeks.
“Follow these steps,” he says, “and you can set yourself up for a beautiful new lawn.”
Order your new lawn (minimum 400 square feet) from Hawaiian Turfgrass by May 31 for a $500 discount on installation! Call 371-0527 and mention this article to receive your special discount. If you prefer to plant your own turf, call to arrange a pickup appointment or schedule curbside delivery!
CONTACT by appointment only contact 371-0527
ADDRESS 94-840 Lanikuhana Ave., Mililani