Lawn Care Tips: Sod Grass Maintenance Instructions

Sodding your lawn is a major investment, a guide to care and watering as well as weather advice.

Sodding your lawn is a major investment. It is important to give your sod a lot of care to reap the benefits of all the work, and money, it took to sod your lawn in the first place.

For the first few weeks of new sod's life it goes through stages of care. Let's look at each stage of your sod's life, week by week, and what kind of care comes with each new stage.

New Sod

The first thing you need to do when you are laying your sod is to treat it with high phosphorus fertilizer to start the growing process off right. After the sod is laid you must water it right way, within the first hour at the latest. The sod should be watered until it is totally soaked all the way through and is spongy when stepped on.

The First 2 Weeks

You should keep watering your new sod until it is spongy everyday for the next two weeks. If the temperature gets above 80 degrees then you should keep sprinklers on it all day until the temperature drops. If your sod becomes lighter in color then that means it is not getting enough water. Never let your lawn turn yellow. If it gets to this point then you may have to re-sod the yellow area by cutting it out with a flat edged shovel and replacing it with a new patch of sod that has been cut to fit the hole. Treat the patch the same way you would treat new sod. Water it until it soaked within the first hour of laying it and every day after that.

For the Sod's Life Span

After the first two weeks is over it will be safe to mow your new lawn. Wait until it is 2 inches to two-and-a-half inches long so that the new sod will not go into shock.

You can also cut your watering down to every other day, but make sure that the sod gets completely soaked. If the weather is very hot, make sure to keep on watering every day.

After four weeks it will be safe to go up to 5 days without watering as long as you do it slowly. No going cold turkey! Work up to 5 days gradually, starting by going two days without water, then three, then four, then finally getting to five. If you live in a dry climate you may never water 5 days apart. Remember, your lawn will let you know if it is not getting enough water by changing colors. Listen to it! If it gets a grayish color or starts to get crunchy, then you will have to water it more often. Now is the time to re-fertilize your lawn. Keep fertilizing it every 50 to 60 days, starting in the month of March and ending the fertilization process in the month of October. Now, you will have a lush, green lawn that you will enjoy for years to come.

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