Your lawn’s appearance and health will depend on the environment it lives in and the treatment it receives.
You must take care of your lawn to ensure it is beautiful for your enjoyment.
Watering Your SOD Grass
Watering is the most crucial step in establishing a lawn.You should water sections of the installed sod during warm weather as you lay the sod. Lift a corner of your sod to check if it needs water. The bottom of the sod shouldn’t be wet for the first 2 weeks.
Insufficient watering can cause wilting, dead spots, and excessive watering can lead to poor root establishment and disease. When deciding how much water to give your plants, you should consider the weather, soil, and environmental factors such as shade.
Your watering schedule should be determined by a physical inspection. However, the following schedule can be used to guide you.
- To moisten the topsoil and sod, give it a good soak the first day.
- To prevent the sod from drying out, water the plants 2-3 times per day for the first two weeks or until they are established.
- After the roots have been established and the lawn has been mowed for the first time you can probably start to water the lawn daily in the morning.
- Keep watering your lawn early in the morning, even if you water less often or as directed by local watering regulations. The better your lawn will look, the less stress you can cause it.
Mowing Your SOD Grass
When the sod has been rooted in, it should be mowed immediately. This can take anywhere from 10 to 21 days. You can check if the soil is well rooted by pulling up a piece. Always use a sharp blade to cut your lawnmower.
We recommend that you collect the clippings from a rotary mower and compost them. You can also leave the clippings if you have a reel mower, provided it does not create clumps.
You should set the mowing height so that 1/3 of the blade is removed per mowing.Scalping the grass too soon can cause damage to the lawn, especially during the initial installation period. It should be maintained at 30mm (or 1.25″) at the farm when you receive your lawn.
The lawn can be kept between 30-60mm or 1.25-2.5 inches depending on how you want it to look. You can adjust how often you mow depending on how fast your grass grows. However, it is important to not remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time. Reduce the lawn’s height gradually if it has grown too long.
Feeding Your SOD Grass
Your lawn needs to be provided with enough nutrients to keep it healthy and beautiful. The recommended rate for fertilizing new sod is to fertilize it at the time of installation using “Sod or Seed Starter” fertilizer. We recommend that you feed your lawn every 4-6 weeks from March to October after establishment.
You can use a spring fertilizer between March and July, and a fall fertilizer between August-October. You can determine how often and how much you feed your lawn by looking at the growth and overall appearance. A beautiful lawn is only possible with regular balanced feeding.
Proper Yearly Maintenance
If your lawn doesn’t get enough sunlight, or if the grass is thinned after winter, it could have accumulated moss. Apply mosskiller and wait for it to work before you move on to the next step. You should power rake your lawn if you notice thinning.
You may need to lightly top-dress the seed after over-seeding. Poor drainage can be caused by poor soil conditions. After removing dead grass and cores, you will need to aerate the lawn. Next, top-seed your lawn with sand and then reseed. Over seeding is best done between March and April.
If you have suffered from turf loss, you can re-use some of your spring maintenance steps. Early September is the best time to seed your fall lawn.
You should remove all tree leaves from your lawn. Also, the grass shouldn’t be left on the ground for too long. This will result in the grass becoming matted and bare.