There are a few things you should remember when it comes time to install new turf.
Our experts go over everything from moisture to aeration and offer advice on the best ways to keep your yard lush and beautiful for many years.
WHAT PERCENTAGE SHOULD I WATER FOR NEW SOD?
To make sure that new sod can grow strong roots, it is important to water regularly. Sod should be watered continuously throughout the day if it is being applied in the summer to avoid shrinkage and drying.
You should water your lawn enough to maintain moisture for at least 2 weeks after installation. To prevent it drying out, you should water it again for another 2 weeks.
WHAT PERIOD SHOULD I WATER A NEW SOD?
To help rooting, new sod should be watered at least 45 minutes after it is installed. Each watering session should be approximately 15-20 minutes long and occur at least two times daily for the first few weeks after installation.
WHAT LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A NEW SOD TO ROOT?
The new sod should be rooted within 10-14 days after application. After laying sod, this is the time to mow your lawn. To avoid cutting too close to the root, make sure your mower is set to the highest setting.
In addition, you should not run or walk on the new sod as it can cause damage to fragile roots. You should avoid pets coming in contact with newly-installed sod.
What is the best time of day to drink new water?
It is best to water your lawn in the morning, or in the late evening, if your schedule permits. It is possible for the water to evaporate from your lawn if you water it in the afternoon, when the temperature is highest.
Lack of moisture can cause soil to lose the essential nutrients it needs. A timed sprinkler can be purchased if you have the budget. It will distribute the right amount of water at the best time for your lawn.
SHOULD I FERTILIZE A NEW SOD?
Yes! The application of quality fertilizer will help new lawns flourish. This helps to create and sustain a healthy root system that will ensure your yard stays lush for many years.
Because they can penetrate the soil surface to condition the soil below, liquid fertilizers work best for new sod.
To ensure fertilizer reaches roots deeper below the soil surface, we suggest that you aerate your lawn within 6 months to one year of laying new sod. Then, aerating the lawn once to twice a year.
The purpose of aerating your lawn is to create holes in the soil which allow water, fertilizer and other nutrients to reach roots of grass and plants. This will help ensure that your landscaping remains lush and green. Regular aeration can also prevent soil compaction, which can lead to nutrient and moisture loss.
TIPS AND TRICKS TO CARING FOR A NEW SOD
BEFORE INSTALLATION, DON’T OVERWATER
It can be tempting to overwater your lawn before installation. However, this can cause problems and lead to poor sod jobs.
It is a good rule of thumb to keep your lawn damp but not soggy. You can provide sufficient moisture by watering your lawn three times per day for 15-20 minutes.
USE A LAWN ROLL
A lawn roller can be used to help your lawn grow. Use a lawn roller immediately after the installation to level the sod. This will allow moisture to reach the soil and minimize space between the roots and the soil.
WAIT TO MOW
To avoid cutting too close to the roots, it’s best to wait at most five weeks before you mow your lawn. It is possible to reduce the amount of watering you do in the days before a mow. However, it is important to keep your yard well-watered to encourage root growth.