Maintaining a Sod Lawn

Maintaining a Sod Lawn

Now that you have a lovely and lush sod lawn to flaunt, it is extremely important to know how to keep it healthy while your neighbours go green with envy. Follow the right steps and you and your family can enjoy a thriving sod lawn all year round.

TOP 4 TIPS to MAINTAIN A SOD LAWN

After you have completed your sod installation,  keep in mind these 4 simple maintenance tips:

Watering: A well-hydrated lawn grows better and thrives more. Watering is crucial during the early stages and even after the roots have been well established. Initially, water the sod lawn thrice during the day especially early morning and at least once a day during warm weather to keep it from wilting or drying.
Mowing: Mowing has to be timed right or it can hamper growth of the lawn. Ideal time to mow the lawn is 2-3 weeks after sod has been laid.
Fertilizing: Along with watering and mowing, fertilizing is an equally important step in maintaining a sod lawn. Use a ‘sod or seed starter’ right after sod has been laid to boost the sod’s growth; also, regular fertilization keeps the lawn healthy and blooming.
Watch out for drying or paling sod: Paling or drying sod can be due to dehydration or too much traffic in the initial days that can cause harm to the roots. Quick fixes include watering more frequently and keeping children and pets off the sod lawn until it regains health.

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CAN I REVIVE DEAD SOD?

In one word, no, you cannot revive dead sod. Sod replacement is a better solution and should be done immediately to prevent further decline.

WHEN to RE-SOD or RE-SEED?

Re-sodding can be done at any time if the soil is prepped well, however, late summer is a preferred time as cooler weather promotes the better establishment and lesser drying. Re-seeding should ideally be done in early summer, either April or May or late summer around mid-August to mid-September.

HOW to CHOOSE THE RIGHT SODDING COMPANY?

Vest your trust and money in the right sodding company that understands your requirements, offers you the latest techniques, gives you a wide range of sod varieties, and provides you expert advice to make an informed decision. With over 15 years’ experience and hundreds of happy and returning clients, JHC Landscaping offers the entire spectrum of landscaping services to its customers. They provide customized solutions to all landscaping needs and are backed by a team of skilled professionals and specialists. Open 7 days a week; call JHC Landscaping today at +1-416-779-6655 for a free consultation and evaluation of your lawn.

MAINTAINING a SOD LAWN FAQs

The ideal time to mow is 2-3 weeks after sod has been laid so that roots get time to gain some strength and no more than 1/3rd of the leaf blade should be mowed.
Sod may turn yellow or brown due to dehydration, loose or no contact between sod and soil, and improper installation of sod. If dehydration seems to be the issue then water the sod more frequently until it becomes green again. To re-establish contact, lift the brown areas and fill with new soil. To treat improper installation, get your sod lawn inspected by a specialist as sodding is an expensive process and should be done correctly to avoid incurring expenses on a shoddy job.
Bald spots occur when sod is not watered well, it is mowed too often, fertilized too much or too little, receives high foot traffic and one of the most surprising yet common causes is pet waste.
Sod can grow in shade, provided the right variety of sod is chosen that is able to thrive on fewer hours of sunlight.
Sod shrinks due to lack of water and some immediate fixes would be increasing minutes and frequency of sprinkler or hand watering 3-4 times per day plus pressing down edges with foot to encourage absorption.

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