When it comes to installing new turf, there are some things you need to remember.
Our experts will discuss everything, from moisture to aeration, and give advice on how to keep your yard lush and beautiful over the years.
WHAT PERCENTAGE SHOULD I WATER FOR NEW SOD?
Watering is essential to ensure that new sod grows strong roots. To avoid sod drying out and shrinkage, water should be given to the soil throughout the day.
After installation, you should water your lawn enough that it retains moisture for at most 2 weeks. You should water your lawn again for 2 weeks to prevent it from drying out.
WHAT PERIOD SHOULD I WATER A NEW SOD?
New sod should be watered within 45 minutes of its installation to encourage rooting. For the first few weeks, watering should take approximately 15-20 minutes and be done at least twice daily.
WHAT LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A NEW SOD TO ROOT?
The new sod should be rooted between 10-14 days after it is applied. Now is the time to mow your lawn after laying sod. Make sure you set your mower to the highest setting to avoid cutting too close the root.
You should also avoid running or walking on the newly installed sod, as it could cause damage to fragile roots. Pets should not come in direct contact with freshly-installed sod.
Which is the best time to drink water?
If you have the time, it is best to water your lawn early in the morning or late in the evening. If you water your lawn in the afternoon when it is warm, the water can evaporate.
Insufficient moisture can lead to soil losing the nutrients it requires. If you have the funds, a timed sprinkler is possible. This will give you the perfect amount of water at the right time for your lawn.
SHOULD I FERTILIZE A NEW SOD?
Yes. New lawns will thrive if they are fertilized with quality fertilizer. This will help to maintain a healthy root system, which will keep your yard lush for many years.
Liquid fertilizers are best used for new sod because they penetrate the soil to condition it below.
We recommend that your lawn be aerated within six months to one years of the installation of new sod. This will ensure that fertilizer gets deeper into the soil. The lawn should be re-aerated at least once a year.
Aerating your lawn serves one purpose: to make holes in the soil that allow water, fertilizer, and other nutrients to reach roots. This will ensure your landscaping stays lush and green. Regular aeration can prevent soil compaction which can lead to nutrient loss and moisture loss.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR CARING A NEW SOD
BEFORE YOU INSTALL, DO NOT OVERWATER
Overwatering your lawn can be tempting before it is installed. This can lead to problems and poor sod work.
As a rule of thumb, keep your lawn moist but not soggy. Watering your lawn for 15-20 minutes three times a day can give enough moisture.
USE A LAWN ROLL
You can use a lawn roller to help your lawn grow. To level the lawn, use a lawn mower immediately after installation. This will allow water to reach the soil and reduce space between roots and soil.
WAIT TO MOW
Avoid cutting too close to the roots by waiting at least five weeks before mowing your lawn. You can reduce how much water you give your lawn in the days leading up to a mow. To encourage root growth, however, it is important that your yard is well-watered.