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  • The new sod should remain in place for seven days.
  • Now the grass should be about 3 inches high. It’s now time to trim it to 2 inches. Let the ground dry slightly before mowing to avoid indentions.
  • Never cut more than a third (1/3) off a blade. This can cause turf to “scalp”, leading to significant damage.
  • Keep the lawn cut to 2 inches for a healthy and uniform lawn.


  • After your sod has been installed, we recommend that you apply a thin layer starter fertilizer approximately three weeks later.
  • After your lawn is established, you can begin a regular fertilization regimen and water it regularly.
  • For a healthy lawn, you should fertilize it at least four times per year. This is the time to use the recommended fertilizer.


  • Insecticide should be applied in the two weeks prior to April’s end. In the middle of May, apply again.
  • Turpin Farms uses endophyte enhanced turf blends. Turpin Farms ships to you in an insecticide-free manner.


  • After your lawn is established, add 1/2 inch water. Allow the lawn to dry completely.
    • This will make it less dependent on your watering.
  • It is a good idea to not water your lawn at night as this promotes disease.
  • TIP: Place a cup on the lawn to keep track of how much water your grass receives.

These are great ways to water your lawns both old and new.

  • Tip #1 – Take a corner of the turf and insert a screwdriver or other sharp tool into the soil. For the first 7-10cm, the tool should be able push in and retain moisture. Water may be needed to make the tool work (3-4 inches).
  • Tip #2 Ensure water reaches all areas of your lawn, regardless of the sprinkling method it uses. Sprinklers that miss corners or edges can cause lawns to dry out faster than those in the middle. Also, areas near buildings may dry faster due to reflected heat. These areas will likely need more water.
  • Tip #3: Runoff can occur in certain soils and sloped areas if the soil’s moisture is low enough. By turning off water supply to runoff areas, you can save water and ensure adequate soak-in. After waiting 30 minutes to an hour, you can apply water again to the same area, and continue this process until soil is properly moistened.
  • Tip #4 – When turf starts to weave roots into the soil, it becomes difficult, dangerous, and/or impossible to pull back a corner. (Watering
  • Tip #5 – However, you can still use an instrument to measure the moisture level through the turf or into the soil.
  • Tip #6 – Water your grass as soon as you can in the morning to extend its normal growth cycle. This is due to the fact that there are less wind speeds and less water loss from high temperatures evaporation.
  • Tip #7 – Reduce the temperature of your turf surface if it exceeds 100F, or if high winds continue for more than half a day. Regular, deeper watering is required for the turf surface to be sprayed. In adverse weather conditions, this will be even more critical.
  • Tip #8 – Infrequent, deep watering will be preferable to frequent, superficial watering. Roots can only grow as deep and as deep as there is water. A grass with deep roots has a higher “soil water bank”, which stores moisture. This grass will be able to withstand heat and drought, which can quickly dry out top soil.

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