Your new turf grass from Create Escape is a (TWCA) approved - Kentucky Bluegrass.

It is a Water Star™ Qualified grass that will use up to 50% less water than traditional sod. It will stay green longer and is more drought tolerant than your old lawn.

Watering Schedule

Week 1 - 3

Follow the watering schedule below for each day of the week.
You will be watering 3 times a day for 20 Minutes per zone.

  • 5:00 AM
  • 12:00 Noon
  • 11:00 PM

Watering Schedule for (TWCA) approved - Kentucky Bluegrass (Water Star Qualified turf)

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Week 4 and beyond

Starting on week 4 your lawn will need about 27mm of water (including rain) per week.

In Calgary our average weekly rain fall is 18-22 mm per week, but it is not consistent. To substitute rain fall with irrigation an active weather controller such as Hunters Hydrawise system or less accurate rain fall sensor can be used.

Create Escape uses both in our irrigation designs to reduce water consumption and increase watering schedule accuracy.

General Irrigation Setting:

  • Days: Monday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Time: 5:00 AM
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Rate: 12mm/hour (Standard for our MP Rotator Nozzles @ 200 Kpa)

Fertilize

How much fertilizer your lawn needs depends on soil fertility and how much growth you want. We recommend using a starter fertilizer with newly installed grass.

Fertilize your lawn with a 12·32·6 blend root starter for the first year. The second year you may use multi-purpose granular all-season fertilizer 20-15-15-4.

Continue to fertilize using a 4-Step Program, which can be purchased at any local garden centre.

Always water-in the fertilizer to prevent burning. Never apply fertilizer to wet grass leaves, especially during extreme heat.

Maintenance

Proper mowing keeps turf grass healthy and beautiful. Bluegrass should be mowed at a height of between 2-3" (5-8 cm).

Never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf height at once. Don't let grass grow so tall that it falls over.

The taller the grass, the less dense the lawn and the higher the chance of weed infestation. Always keep the mower blades sharp.

Mowing your lawn

Compacted soil prevents water, air and nutrients from reaching turf grass roots. Heavy soils such as clay and wet soils are prone to compaction, especially in high traffic areas. Annual lawn aeration and topdressing will help to refresh and rejuvenate your lawn for the growing season.

. A healthy, well-maintained lawn should have minimal thatch (accumulation of old leaves, clippings, stems, roots and other organic material that has failed to decay). Thatch can prevent water and fertilizer from reaching the root zone as well as harbour plant diseases and pests.

Raking thoroughly is usually enough to remove thatch, however, in severe cases use either a vertical mower or contact a local landscape professional.

Monitor

It is important to keep an eye on your grass throughout the summer. By monitoring your grass regularly you reduce the risk of undesirable conditions, such as pests or weeds taking over your lawn.

Drought

Grass is resilient. If you are unable to water your lawn, it is good to know that Bluegrass goes dormant during dry weather. Even though it looks brown, it will green up again with watering or rain.

The first signs of drought stress are "foot-printing", where the leaves do not rebound from walking over the lawn. The next sign of drought is rolling of the leaves and a colour change to blue-grey.

Weeds

The best weed control is proper maintenance. When your lawn is thick and vigorous, weeds can't get a foothold.