(freshly laid sod)
The first few weeks are critical to sod survival and long-lasting beauty.
- Water your yard thoroughly after installation, ensuring water has soaked through the sod saturating the soil underneath.
- Water every day to keep the sod and soil underneath it damp about 1.5 to 3 inches deep. If it is above 90 degrees, you may need to water twice a day.
- After about two weeks (temperature depending) your sod should start to root into the soil. At this time, start your regular water schedule. We recommend working toward once a week, about 30 minutes of even coverage in temperatures 50-75 degrees. Twice a week if hotter. NOTE: All irrigation systems are different. Pay attention to your grass and soil. If it begins to turn brown, purple or silver, water more. If it turns yellow, starts to thin and mushrooms pop up, water less.
- Do not mow until about two to three weeks after you installed your sod. Mow the grass a bit higher than regular the first time or two to ensure it is not damaged.
BASIC YARD CARE
Below are some basic yard care ideas and tips that can be used as necessary.
- Different types of grass need different amounts of water, but we recommend deep water — 20-30 minutes even coverage — once a week in temperatures between 50-75 degrees. Twice a week above 75 degrees.
- If you can easily insert a screwdriver 6-10 inches into the soil, you have adequate water depth. Check multiple areas in your yard.
- Deep watering promotes good root growth which helps with extreme temperatures.
- If your grass turns brown, purple or silver, you likely need more water. If it turns yellow, starts to thin and mushrooms pop up, water less. Over-watering will quite literally drown your grass and attract disease and insects, thereby killing it.
- We recommend watering in cooler temperatures to reduce the risk of evaporation. Mornings, just as the sun is rising is a great time to water.
- Do not cut your grass too short. This can cause disease and insect and weed infestations. The blades “catch sun” to promote healthy growth.
- It is best to mow once a week at about 2-2.5 inches tall. If you get behind a week, raise your mower and then graduate back down to the recommended 2-2.5 inches a day or two later.
- DO NOT cut off more than a half-inch at a time or you could greatly stress your grass.
- Sharpen your blades regularly, or at least once a season.
FERTILIZER, WEEDS & INSECTS, OH MY
- We recommend a triple 16 fertilizer in the spring and the fall to ensure it stays healthy, thick and green. This is a good all-around fertilizer for spring and fall which adds an equal part of three different nutrients — nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium — to your lawn.
- Weeds will always attempt to make your yard home. Regular water, mowing and fertilizer will do a good job of protecting from most weeds. If you see some pop up, dig them out by hand or purchase a weed control product from a local garden center.
- Insects are most prevalent in the dry heat of the summer. Monitor your grass regularly and at the sign of infestation, visit your local garden center for a pesticide to curb the issue immediately.
If you practice normal maintenance, water, mowing and fertilizing, weeds and insects should not be a problem.