You would have used dirt to create a brown lawn. You panic when you begin to see brown spots on your newly installed sod.
It’s completely understandable. However, sympathy will not help your lawn. What’s the matter with your lawn? What can you do?
Let’s take a deep breathe and take a look.
Too much water
This is a huge one. Yes, new sod requires lots of water once it’s established.
But not too much. It is worse to overwater than to underwater.
Florida and Alabama homeowners may notice brown spots in their new sod. They panic and pour more water on the lawn to try and dry it out.
Overwatering can lead to root rot and often lawns don’t recover. Do not let it get this far. You can let your sod dry out if you have been watering too much.
Too little water
Too much water can be dangerous. Too little is equally harmful. Water is the most crucial step in keeping your new seedlings alive and thriving.
It is really thirsty.
Water should reach every part of the lawn. Sprinklers can sometimes miss corners and edges, which causes these areas to dry out quicker than the rest of the lawn.
Remember that sod around concrete and asphalt may dry faster because of reflected heat. You might need to add water.
Water could be the cause of your Florida sod turning brown after installation.
We are Confused by This Sod Watering Stuff
Your sod needs water. But not too much. You can be heard banging on your irrigation controller here.
It can be confusing to water new sod. We have detailed instructions in for watering new seedlings. These are very detailed instructions.
You will know when to water and for how long. And which irrigation heads to use for each time.
There are different instructions for watering new grass depending on the type of grass and when it was planted.
All your questions will be answered by our instructions for sod lawn care.
A Lawn Disease Could Cause Brown Spots in New Sod
As it grows, your new sod will need to get a lot more water. This can lead to brown spots and mold in your sod.
How can you tell if fungus is present? It’s difficult to tell, as it is with other lawn care issues.
Brown spots might appear. If this happens, you should assume that your new plant needs more water. This could make the problem worse.
Pay attention. The fungus can cause sod to become brown and die, with a yellowish-brown ring surrounding the area where it is spreading.
To prevent any future problems, apply a systemic or curative fungicide within seven business days of sod installation.
New Sod Brown Spots can be caused by insects
The sod webworm is the biggest insect problem causing new sod problems for Florida. It is a terrible insect.
These pests lay eggs in your sod and then eat your grass. The larvae then develop brown spots.
To keep the harmful pests from getting into our sod, we only purchase it from farms that use a webworm preventative.
As a preventative measure against other pests, apply an insecticide within seven calendar days of sod installation.
Are You a Dog Owner?
Owning a dog can make your lawn look ragged. Their urine can cause yellow and brown spots.
How can you stop your dog ruining your lawn?
These are some tips to help you get started:
Train Pooch to Pee at One Spot
Dog urine and sod are not a good match. You can create a place of mulch or rocks and train your dog to use it instead of the sod. This is not an easy task.
Water the Urine ASAP
It can be exhausting to drag the hose around your yard each time Sebastian needs to do his business. This is possible if your smartphone controls the irrigation system.
Turn it on for a few minutes after your pet has gone. The water will help to dilute the potent urine.
Dogs should not be allowed to eat new grass
If you allow your new sod to establish itself, it will be more likely to withstand dog urine. For the first few weeks, keep your furry friend away from it.
You can take them on a walk or let them out on a leash.
Bonus Tip: Before you deliver your sod, make sure to inspect your irrigation system
You should now be aware that new sod requires lots of water for the first few weeks or months.
It is not a good idea to discover after you’ve set up your new sod that there are problems with your controller, zone, or heads.
To avoid the dreaded brown spots on your new sod, you will want to be able to fix any issues before your sod is delivered.