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New Sod Care

Published on November 1, 2011 by in Soil/Sod

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Insufficient water and over watering are the leading causes of new-lawn failure.  Take precautions to prevent damage.  Minimize play and foot traffic on new and sodded lawns for at least three weeks.

Watering your new sod after it has been installed is very critical. Regular watering is necessary until the root system has become deeply established, usually one full summer, but up to 2 full summers where soil is compacted.

Water your new sod at least twice a day, including once midday.  Keep the soil moist to a depth of 1 to 2 inches.  Check to make sure that soil does not stay saturated for long periods of time; otherwise the plants may not root.  Reduce watering frequency to every second or third day once lawn has begun new root growth (about two weeks).  After four weeks, a sodded lawn can survive for longer periods of time without water.

The following is a guide for the first 4 weeks of watering sod laid during a hot weather period (highs in the 80′s or above).

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
Week 1
**
**
**
*
*
*
*
Week 2
*
*
*
*
*
*
Week 3
*
#
*
*
Week 4
*
*
*
#
*

* = water once daily         ** = water two times daily             # = mow

The following is a guide for the first 4 weeks of watering sod laid during a cooler period (highs in the 70′s or below).

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
Week 1
**
**
*
*
*
*
Week 2
*
*
*
*
Week 3
*
#
*
Week 4
*
*

For the initial watering, 1/2″ of water at each watering will soak the sod adequately. In later weeks, as the watering frequency decreases, 1″ should be applied at each watering.

Allow sod to grow 4″-5″ before mowing. Mow no shorter than 3″. Fall fertilizing is recommended for new sod, however, do not fertilize for the first 60 days after is is laid. For sod laid down in fall, fertilize in April.

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