Studies show that landscape enhancements can add up to 11% value to real estate investments. A sodded lawn can provide a tremendous return on your investment.
It is important to remember that once you have laid your sod lawn it will take a few months before it can thrive and survive. This will ensure you get the most out of your investment.
Sod is not an instant lawn. It takes weeks to establish and maintain.
Once you have laid the sod, it is important to water it within an hour. The watering prevents delicate roots from drying out, especially if it is exposed to the sun. It also prevents it shrinking.
Water it evenly so that it doesn’t get wet. For the first two weeks, soak it in water. If temperatures rise or you live in a hot area, you can turn the sprinklers on after every two hours. This will ensure that water penetrates every sodpanel, especially the edges.
It’s better to water in the mornings or at night during summer because there is less chance of it drying out. It is best to avoid watering in the evenings as it can increase the risk of fungus growth.
It is likely that the sod is not getting enough water. If it starts to pale in color, this means it is not getting enough. Keep watering the sod well to ensure it gets enough moisture.
After your sod has established roots, you can reduce the amount of heavy watering to once per two weeks for an hour to keep the soil moist.
On days that it is unusually hot, however, you can still water your plants twice daily: once at night and one in the morning, for 15 minutes each.
- Make sure water reaches all areas of your lawn. Many sprinklers can miss corners and edges easily, making them more vulnerable to drying out quicker than the middle segment. Remember that areas near buildings may dry out quicker due to heat reflection and will require more water.
- Some soils and slopes may see runoff before they are sufficiently moist. You can ensure adequate soaking and water conservation by turning off the water when runoff begins. Wait between 30 and an hour before you resume watering the same area. Continue this process until you reach the desired soil moisture.
After sodding, you should not fertilize your newly-planted lawn for at least 60 days. Because the grass has a short root system, it is unable to absorb nutrients. This may mean that fertilizing during this time can increase nutrient escape through the soil.
Furthermore, sod is usually fertilized before it is harvested, so it doesn’t need to be fertilized during the establishment period.
If the sod appears to be lacking in nutrients (spindly growth or yellow coloration), fertilize the soil 30 days after sodding.
To determine the amount of nutrients available to plants for fertilization, it is a good idea to test your soil before you start fertilizing your newly-established lawn. Most Florida lawns are able to withstand phosphorous in sufficient quantities.
Keep traffic off your sod
Even the slightest pressure could cause the root system to crack before full formation can occur.
You should make sure that your pets and children are safe by making a wire frame that serves its purpose.
To ensure roots are well-rooted in the soil, wait at least five weeks to mow the sod.
Do not mow the leaf beyond 1/3 of its length in the first time. You can then take it down with each subsequent mowing until you reach the height you desire.