It is important to understand that your new sod could be damaged by many things. A bison stampede. Your lawn is home to pro football players. A groundhog convention. These would create new problems for the groundhog.
We won’t get distracted by the possible outcomes of your sod lawn. Is your sod turning yellow or brown? Are you seeing a decline in the quality of your new sod? We don’t believe so.
This is how you can find out the root cause of your new sod issues.
Too much water
This is a big one. Once it is established, your new seedling will require plenty of water. But not too much. It’s worse to drown than to overwater. Many homeowners panic when they see brown spots on their new lawn. To make the lawn dry, they add more water.
Sod webworms could cause those brown spots. These insects lay eggs in your grass. If they hatch, the larvae can eat your grass. Root-rot is not usually recoverable if you overwater. It can be hard to maintain new sod lawns.
It will tell you when and how long to water. You will also know which irrigation heads you should use each time. Different types of grass require different watering instructions. Our instructions for sod yard care will answer all your questions.
Too much water
Water is essential to keep your seedlings healthy and thriving. It is very thirsty. All areas of the lawn should be watered. Sprinklers sometimes miss corners or edges and dry these areas faster than the rest.
Reflected heat can cause asphalt and concrete to dry quicker. Water may be required.
New Sod Lawn Care: Diseases
Your new sod will require more water as it grows. It could become more susceptible to mold. How do you know if there is fungus? As with other lawn care problems, it’s not easy to tell if fungus is present.
You might notice brown spots. This could mean that your plant requires more water. This could worsen the problem.
Pay attention. Apply a systemic or curative insecticide within seven days of sod installation to prevent future problems.
New Sod Problems: Insects
The sod webworm is the largest insect that can cause new sod problems.
These pests lay eggs in your soil and then eat your grass. Ours is the only sod provider that uses a webworm prevention product in the region. This prevents the pests from infesting the sod.
Apply an insecticide within 7 calendar days of sod installation to prevent pests.
Weeds are not too important in new sod lawn care
Weeds are not a concern for new sod and won’t be on our list.
Weed control is not possible within the first few weeks. New turf can be damaged by weed control products. Due to the increased water requirement for new turf, you may also notice weeds. Reduce watering as per the schedule and mow as soon possible to stop weeds.
Pro Tip: Make sure you inspect your irrigation system before you deliver your sod
New sod needs lots of water for the first few weeks and months. You don’t want to find out after your sod has gone down that the controller isn’t working properly, that there are broken zones or that your zone isn’t working. This information is crucial to be able to fix any problems before you get your sod.
New Sod Problems: Be on the lookout
Keep an eye on potential problems as your sod lawn grows. You should be looking out for signs such as browning or chewing. This could be a sign that your lawn has webworms or fungus. How do you know if there is something wrong? Give us a call.
Ground Source is the best way for you to avoid any new sod problems
Your new seed should flourish. We all want the same. We give you all the information you need to maintain your lush, green lawn.
Our expertise extends beyond being sod experts. We can help you design your outdoor space. We can make your yard a paradise where you will spend all your time.