Sod Care Guide
How to properly care for your sod
Caring for sod, also known as turfgrass, is crucial to establish a healthy and beautiful lawn. Here are some essential tips for caring for sod:
Watering: Proper watering is crucial during the establishment phase of sod. Water the sod immediately after installation to help it establish its roots in the soil. Keep the sod consistently moist for the first 2-3 weeks, watering daily or as needed to prevent drying out. As the sod establishes, gradually reduce the frequency of watering but increase the amount of water applied during each session to encourage deeper root growth.
Mowing: Wait at least two weeks after installation before mowing for the first time. When mowing, set your mower to a higher setting (about 3 inches or 7-8 centimeters). Never remove more than one-third of the grass blade in a single mowing. Frequent mowing at the correct height promotes healthy root growth and a thick, lush lawn.
Fertilizing: New sod already comes with some nutrients, but after the first month or so, you can start a regular fertilization schedule. Use a balanced fertilizer formulated for lawns and follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates.
Weed Control: Keep an eye out for weeds and remove them promptly. Avoid using herbicides during the establishment phase, as the sod needs time to establish itself before being exposed to chemicals.
Aeration: Lawn aeration helps to improve soil compaction and allows nutrients and water to reach the roots more effectively. Aerate your sod lawn once or twice a year, preferably during the growing season.
Overseeding: If your sod lawn develops bare patches or thin areas, overseed with the appropriate grass seed during the growing season to encourage thick and uniform growth.
Irrigation: Once the sod is fully established, you can adjust your watering schedule to provide about 1 inch of water per week (including rainfall). Water deeply but infrequently to promote deep root growth.
Avoid Heavy Use: Refrain from heavy use of the sod lawn during the establishment phase. Limit foot traffic and avoid heavy machinery on the lawn until it has rooted firmly.
Soil Testing: Periodically test your soil to determine its nutrient levels and pH. Adjust your fertilization program based on the soil test results.
Disease and Pest Control: Keep an eye out for signs of disease or pest issues. Address any problems promptly to prevent them from spreading and causing more significant damage.