Lawn & Sod Installation

A Healthy & Beautiful Lawn

​Preparation for lawn or sod installation is one of the most important tasks to be done when installing a lawn. In order to have a healthy lawn for the long term a good layer of healthy top soil must be in place. A good layer of topsoil will be full of biological life and organic matter. This will attract a healthy earth worm population. All of which are great for producing a thick healthy root system and ultimately a lush green lawn.

​Timing and water are also very important. If seeding a new lawn or over seeding an existing lawn, the end of August through the end of September is the best time of year to install the new lawn. If installing sod, timing is less critical as long as water can be applied in adequate amounts. Whether installing sod or applying seed, it is extremely important to apply water in adequate amounts until the lawn is established.

Even if a healthy lawn has been established for a few years, periodic over seeding will keep the lawn looking fresh and new with lush green color year after year.

Careful treatment and daily care are critical to your new lawn

​It is very important to maintain your newly laid sod correctly for a successful and healthy root establishment. During the first 3-4 weeks (particularly during hot season) the sod should be thoroughly watered daily. If you don’t keep it well watered you will end up with yellowing, wilting, and dead spots. Daily watering is imperative to the health of the sod.

Please be sure to follow the Sod Treatment & Daily Care instructions.
  1. Day 1 – soak the sod thoroughly. Lift the corners to be sure that the sod is soaked all the way through to the soil beneath.
  2. Days 2-30 – continue to water making sure that the sod is soaked through to the bottom but not squishy or puddling which would indicate overwatering. The best time to water is in the early morning which gives the grass blades and soil time to dry out during the day.
  3. In approximately 10 days you should begin to mow the lawn. The grass blades are typically 3-4 inches long and roots usually begin to establish themselves between day 10-21 (try lifting the corner and if the sod is tightly adhered to the soil, your roots are established). If the sod is not well adhered, keep your lawn mower blade speed low so that the mower does not pull up the sod into the blades.
  4. Once the roots are well established (approx. 3-4 weeks) you can go to lighter watering but watch the sod, if you start getting dry, yellowing patches, etc., you are not watering enough, the sod is stressed and must be more thoroughly watered.
  5. You can test your new lawn with every other day watering and see how it reacts. If you don’t see signs of stress, you can continue with less watering or your normal sprinkler system settings. Once Fall temperatures reduce into 60-70 degrees and the days are shorter, less watering will be required.
Once your sod is installed, the real success is in your hands. Please be sure to follow the steps above and enjoy your new lawn.

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Cindy Monroe
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FIVE STAR COMPANY! White Oak in North Haven performed efficient, professional and quality work on my property. Jim Dean, a licensed Arborist responded immediately to my call, came out the next day and the job of grinding 20 stumps was completed.Travis was professional, did the job beautifully and cleaned perfectly! I researched and called many tree removal and landscape company’s White Oak gave me the Best price out of all of them, best customer service by Tracy and they value the customer and their work ethic. By far The Best and experienced in their field!
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A friend recommended White Oak Tree and Landscape and I'm glad she did. It is a family business. Jim, sons and crew member worked diligently dropping and removing five trees plus a broken limb 30ft high on our neighbors property. We were so impressed and grateful he was able to maneuver his bucket truck on our narrow side yard and not involve using our neighbors property. Jim kept his word on the start date, even after two damaging storms hit both of our areas. We highly recommend them.White Oak gave me the Best price out of all of them, best customer service by Tracy and they value the customer and their work ethic. By far The Best and experienced in their field!
Robert Dunn
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We are very pleased with the work that White Oak Tree did for us. I asked a friend who did the beautiful work in his yard and he told us about White Oak. We called and set up an appointment. Jim showed up on time and we explained what we wanted to have done. The price was reasonable and they showed up when they said they said they would. We are very pleased. We will definitely use them again. Highly recommended.
Lori Sanders
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I had the guys at White Oak Tree and Landscape over recently to pull out two overgrown rhododendrons and mulch my whole yard. They did a great job in no time. This is the 3rd experience I have had using them and they always show up, do quality work, and are very professional. I highly recommend them to anyone needing landscaping help.
Deborah Swiezbin
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Superb tree service! Trimmed and removed many trees and limbs around our home and garage in Cheshire. Professional, knowledgeable, courteous and dependable. And very reasonably priced. We are extremely pleased and thankful to Jim and his crew for such a great job and clean up. We highly recommend their services to everyone and look forward to using them again.
Meari Avery
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White Oaks Tree Service was prompt, courteous, professional and has great customer service. I had a dead tree removed from my garden and Jim and his crew did an excellent job with the removal and left my yard clean of debris. The pricing is very competitive and Jim’s service was the only one who were willing to remove the tree while staying on my property. All other services asked to use my neighbors property to work from which was not an option. I highly endorse White Oak Tree Service and recommend unequivocally. I will use them again.
Grand Panda
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Professional, Clean, and Efficient are only a few of the many attributes that Jim and his crew exude on a daily basis! They just don't show up, and bam its done, no they took the time to do it safely. Jim truly cares about his craft, and wants to see it done the best way for both the client and the job. He understands and anticipates the customers needs, informing them of options, which in turn, helped myself make decisions. Great work!I highly endorse White Oak Tree Service and recommend unequivocally. I will use them again.
Rose Simonelli
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I can't say enough good things about this business. They are a family business, that treats their customers like family. Everything that I wanted done was taken care of with 100% satisfaction. Prompt, responsible, reliable, extremely good at what they do, and very friendly.
Carolyn Yun
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Jim has helped me twice in the past and I've been very pleased with all aspect of his services. He has helped me with tree trimming and removal, and recently, with a landscaping project. I don't usually write reviews, but feel compelled to because he is professional, highly knowledgeable, prompt and competent with their work, very courteous, competitively priced, and very nice people to deal with. I will certainly call upon their services again. Thank you Jim.
Donna Carofano
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I would highly recommend White Oak They gave us a fair price and did a great job. We liked the fact that Jim was an Arborist and told us how much of the trees could be cut without killing the whole tree.He was very honest and the crew was very neat.
David Killeen
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Jim and his staff are always very courteous and thorough. I’ve had them do three jobs over the last few years, and each time, they are responsive and competitive with their pricing. They also clean up meticulously. When they’re done, you’d hardly know they had been there.
Katalin Baltimore
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I cannot be more pleased with the work done by White Oak Tree and Landscaping. Every request was written down and price quoted for each item. The work was done earlier than expected. The clean up was meticulous, and my trees and bushes were beautifully shaped just as I had requested. I would highly recommend this company to everyone.

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