Tips for New Sod Care

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

Top 4 Tips for New Sod Care

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

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Watering New Sod

A well-hydrated lawn grows better and thrives more. Watering is crucial during the early stages of new sod care, even after the roots have been well established. Initially, water the lawn thrice during the day (especially early morning) and at least once a day during warm weather to keep it from wilting or drying.

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Mowing New Sod

Mowing has to be timed right or it can hamper the growth of the lawn. The ideal time to mow the lawn is 2-3 weeks after the sod has been laid.

Fertilizing New Sod

Fertilizing New Sod

Along with watering and mowing, fertilizing is an equally important step in new sod care. Use a ‘sod or seed starter’ right after it has been laid to boost growth along with regular fertilization keeps the lawn healthy and blooming.

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Watch out For Drying or Paling Sod

Paling or drying sod can be due to dehydration or too much traffic in the initial days after planting that can cause harm to the roots. New sod care quick fixes include: watering more frequently and keeping children and pets off the sod lawn until it regains health.


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


New Font Yard Sodding Installation Project

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 better establishment and less drying. Re-seeding should ideally be done in early summer in either April or May, or in late summer around mid-August to mid-September.

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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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