Home Maintenance Reminder
Everyone has probably noticed the major house repair job near the entrance to our neighborhood. This is a good reminder to us all to carefully be watching for signs of rot, etc. on our homes. If you see fungus growing on your home, realize that there is rotting wood behind it. You never know how extensive the damage will be until you begin to make the repairs. What appears to be a small problem could turn out to be a very large one. This is why it is so important to tackle the repair job as soon as you notice a problem. Unfortunately, at this point Centex views rot as simply water damage and not faulty construction. It is worth the time to take a few minutes to walk around your home and assess the condition of the siding, trim, posts, etc. Early fall is an excellent time of year to make exterior house repairs.
Lawn Maintenance Information
JB Instant Lawn sod was placed in the lawns throughout the Oakhurst Community during construction of the homes, so to get the same look appearance it would be preferable to use JB Instant Lawn seed. Instructions below are from the JB Instant Lawn website.
Soil Preparation: (The more attention you give to preparing for your new lawn, the better success you will have. There are no shortcuts to a healthy lawn.) Remove all existing grass, rocks and weeds. Rototill to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. If needed, add topsoil, compost or other soil amendments, then rototill again. A minimum of 4 to 6 inches of combined tilled earth needs to be provided for seed bed. Level and roll area to a smooth grade. Spread starter fertilizer following manufacturer’s directions. We do not suggest using weed and feed type fertilizer when seeding a new lawn. Apply lime at a rate of 50 lbs per 500 square feet. Landscape rakes, rollers and fertilizer spreaders are often available at rental outlets. You are now ready to seed your lawn.
Seeding: Using a spreader, spread seed evenly over the prepared lawn area at the rate of 5 lbs per 1,000 square feet. Lightly rake the seeds into the soil to a depth of 1/8 inch. Roll the area with a half-filled roller and cover with a protective layer of peat moss.
Water: A good rule of thumb is to water 1 inch immediately. Water until 1 inch has accumulated in a flat container. This is the total amount of time needed to moisten your soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. It is important to keep a seeded area moist at all times without over-watering. After 5-10 weeks, your seeded lawn should be ready for a normal watering schedule of 1 inch per week. You can break this down into two waterings.
Fertilize: Fertilize your new lawn 30 days after planting and every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season of February to November.
Overseed your lawn and re-seed thin spots with Lawn Seed. Overseeding helps thicken your lawn and helps keep weeds from taking hold. This is especially important in the spring and fall to help keep your lawn healthy year-round.
Preparation: Mow lawn as short as possible. Rake out all dead and loose vegetation to expose soil. Spread starter fertilizer following manufacturer’s directions. We do not suggest using a weed and feed type fertilizer when over-seeding your lawn.
Overseeding: Using a spreader, spread seed evenly over prepared area at the rate of 5 lbs per 1,000 square feet. Go over bare spots with a little extra seed. Spread a very thin layer of peat moss and roll to firm seed into soil.
Watering: The first watering should be deep enough to wet the subsoil. Until seed is well rooted, keep soil moist at all times with light and frequent watering. Do not over soak. After your seed is well rooted, water approximately 1 inch per week. This can be broken down into 2 waterings per week.
Mowing: When lawn is about 3 inches, mow to a height of 1 to 1 ½ inches. The removal of all clippings is recommended.
Fertilizing: Your lawn should be fertilized every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season of February to November.
Liming: At least once each year, spread lime on your lawn to help restore the pH balance of your soil.
Measure your lawn to find out the square footage that you will need to seed.
3 lb bag 600 sq.ft.
5 lb bag 1,000 sq.ft.
8 lb bag 1,600 sq.ft.
10 lb bag 2,000 sq.ft.
Fertilizing your new lawn 30 days after planting and every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season of February to November