How to Take Care of the Sod?
Congratulations! Your property has just been planted with a high quality blend of turf. This sod offers an instant lawn and prevents erosion problems, but proper care is essential in establishing its root system. To help ensure good results, we have prepared a set of care instructions. If you should have any questions after reading this information, please contact our office at (262) 376-8727.
The first four week period, after installation, is the most critical time for proper sod establishment. Try to stay off your new sod until after the first mowing occurs. Remember, sod is a living plant that requires adequate moisture to survive. The ultimate result of your lawn relies on you for proper watering, fertilizing and mowing.
WateringProper watering is essential to ensure good, and even root development for sod. If you do not have an irrigation system installed, an over-lapping pattern of sprinklers needs to be set up throughout your property to ensure proper coverage for watering. For the first two weeks, lightly water 15 to 20 minutes at two different times during the day and then soak thoroughly for 20 to 30 minutes before 5:00 P.M. in the evening. Once the grass is rooting into soil surface (can't be pulled up from the ground), gradually increase the time of watering and decrease the frequency until your watering once a week before 5:00 P.M. in the evening. This watering adjustment during the third and fourth week after installation is important, because root establishment has occurred and now you're trying to promote deep root growth. For the rest of the year, ensure that your new lawn is receiving one inch of water per week. A good way to determine how much water is being applied to the lawn is to place a container (i.e. a coffee can) in the sprinkler's path and time how long it takes to collect 1" of water. Please adjust these watering instructions accordingly, due to hot, dry or windy weather periods. Less watering is needed during rainy or cold weather.
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MowingOnce the grass is rooted into the soil surface (can’t be pulled up from the ground), the first mowing can occur. This first mowing is approximately 7 to 14 days after installation. Mow your new lawn often when the leaves reach a height longer than 3”, removing only ⅓” of the leaf blade. After this initial mowing, your lawn should maintain the overall height of 3” throughout your property. Cutting the grass shorter than 2 ½” to 3” will sacrifice root penetration down into the soil, and weaken your lawn. The root system accommodates the height of the leaf blade so that the higher the cutting height the deeper the roots develop for a thicker, healthier lawn. Remember to keep your mower blades sharp at all times. Lawns cut with dull blades will tear the leaf blades and loose moisture more rapidly. This damage makes the lawn subject to disease problems, and becomes dried out turning pale brown in the summer sun.
Weed ControlThe best weed control is a healthy lawn. If you maintain a good fertilizing program and watering schedule, your turf should be thick enough to deter weeds from starting. If weeds become a problem, hand weeding or herbicides are suggested. Annual grasses and weeds (crabgrass, mallow, etc.) should be treated with an application of a pre-emergent herbicide in early April. Apply an herbicide for broadleaf weeds (dandelions, plaintain, clover, etc.) in May or in September.
Disease ControlThe greatest threat to your new sod is fungal disease. Proper watering techniques and an avoidance of excess nitrogen fertilizer will help prevent the form of this disease.
PatiencePlease be patient with the process of establishing your new lawn. With proper care, as outlined above, you will achieve a healthy, enjoyable lawn for years to come.
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6/27/2019 08:49:44 am
Great article. Stunning, Thanks for the excellent outline
3/27/2021 02:26:51 am
Appreciate you blogging tthis
7/13/2022 05:05:07 pm
Reading your tips on how to maintain your sod for the first few months was extremely helpful. I thought it would be much harder than this, but I can see how this might be something that everyone in my family can do without stressing themselves out. I'll definitely look for any landscape experts that can offer some sod and use your tips for the first few weeks after installation.
11/26/2022 02:17:15 am
Loved reading this thank yoou
3/11/2023 03:51:49 pm
Just read this article and I can say these are some great tips on how to take care of your sod grass! I will be using this tips for my own clients so that there sod grass installations in Dallas go smoothly!
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