Tips For Caring for New Sod Lawns!

May 05, 2016 , , , , , , ,

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Caring for New Sod Lawns!

particularly in the first several weeks, to ensure the success of the installation. Please follow the watering and care instructions below for the next several weeks.

PLEASE NOTE- when caring for new sod

  • You may walk on the lawn to move sprinklers, but keep non-essential foot traffic to an absolute minimum during the initial establishment period.
  • If the edges between the sod pull apart or are separating, you are not applying enough water. The sod is shrinking and pulling apart.
  • Do not water at night or late in the evenings. New seedlings are susceptible to diseases, which are encouraged by prolonged periods of being wet.
  • Make sure to water along pavement surfaces when the temperatures are warmer, as the sod will literally bake next to the hot surface during the establishment.

Lawn Maintenance Practices (0-10 days):

Water each day for at least 15 to 20 minutes in each area of lawn. Watering a second time each day is recommended if the temperatures are over 65º and sunny. It is important to get the water through the sod and into the soil below the sod. Check to make sure you are watering enough by pulling back the corner of the sod in several places throughout the lawn to make sure the soil below is moist.

Do not fertilize or mow the lawn yet.

Lawn Maintenance Practices (10 to 21 days):

Water every other day for approximately 30 minutes. By watering for longer periods of time, you are encouraging root growth deeper into the soil.

Check to make sure you are watering enough by pulling back the corner of the sod in several places throughout the lawn to make sure the soil is moist. The sod should be difficult to pull up – do not force it up.

Before watering the lawn, cut the grass as needed. Do not remove more than a third of the grass plant at one time while cutting. If the lawn is too wet to cut, do not water for one more day and then cut the lawn.

Do not apply fertilizer to the lawn yet.

Lawn Maintenance Practices (3 weeks and beyond):

You may begin to cut the lawn as needed. The lawn should be fairly well rooted and can take normal wear and tear.

Water the lawn approximately twice a week making sure to apply 1” of water each week. Use a pie tin or similar container to measure your irrigation by placing it in the path of the sprinkler. Multiply the amount of water in inches by the number of times you water each week to total 1” per week. For instance, 1/2” for two waterings equals 1” of total water.

You may apply a balanced turf fertilizer six weeks after installation. Either your lawn care company will apply your fertilizer or you may use a consumer product, such as Scott’s Turf Builder. If you are applying the product, follow the label instructions very carefully. It is recommended that you use a rotary spreader as opposed to a drop spreader. Look for a fertilizer that has a nutrient ratio of 3:1:2, which indicates the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK).

Avoid applying herbicides when it is hot and dry. Wait for cooler weather to apply.

SUMMARY CHART : Caring for New Sod Lawns