Sod is a perishable product!
Transplanting sod causes it to undergo stress especially during hot, dry conditions. For the first two weeks after installation, it needs to be watered so often that it is difficult to walk on.
Use your new sodded lawn sparingly until good root establishment has taken place – usually 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid concentrated activities, dog traffic or rough usage until 4 weeks have passed to prevent unevenness and gaps. There are no restrictions on visually enjoying your beautiful new lawn!
Because it takes less water to maintain a wet lawn than it does if it has
dried out, water immediately after installation. Since you cannot over-water a new lawn, we recommend watering every day
approximately ½” over the entire lawn. To gauge the amount of water, place an empty can (tuna can works best) about 6
feet away from the sprinkler.
Reflected heat along buildings dries sod quickly, so be sure to water such areas more often. The best time to water
your lawn for maximum benefit is between 6 am and 10 am. Generally, after 4 weeks you should begin to wean the lawn by
only applying approximately ½” of water to your lawn per week (depending on your mowing habits and the time of year).
Newly sodded lawns should be cut as soon as they begin to take root. This is easily tested by lightly pulling on several pieces of sod throughout your yard. Follow the guide below for recommended mowing heights.
|2" to 2-1/2"
||3" to 3-1/2"
||2" to 2-1/2"|
*Measure grass from ground level.
*To keep the lawn healthy in the summer, always water lawn after mowing.
*Never cut more than 1/3 height of existing blades of grass.
*Always keep mower blades sharpened.
After lawn has been mowed twice, starter fertilizer with a high nitrogen content and quick release should be applied. Remember to water immediately after fertilizing. Should dormant weed seeds germinate, apply a weed and feed after the lawn has been mowed 3 times. Weed and feed should be applied in the morning before the dew has evaporated and should not be watered for 24 hours. After the lawn has become established, a regular lawn care program can be initiated.
Many times, especially during the summer months, sod will dry out so quickly that it turns a greenish-gray cast and then turns slightly brown even though it has been watered sufficiently at the time of installation. This does not mean that it is dead! It
is, however, under severe stress and can be nurtured back to health with immediate watering. If the crown of the sod has
turned completely brown, then it may be past the point of no return. Gaps between the pieces of sod are
usually caused when the sod shrinks due to lack of water. It is recommended to water heavily and power roll the sod if
gaps are present or with proper maintenance, these gaps will grow together.