How To Care For New Lawn Sod

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How To Care For New Lawn Sod
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You've just added new sod to your lawn. Now what? The most important thing in the care and maintenance of new sod is adequate water, so that the roots can establish themselves into the soil. As sod roots tend to be deeper than usual grasses, the amount of water they receive is essential to their establishment and survival.

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Things you need

  • Sod lawn
  • Sprinkler

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  1. 1

    If your sod is installed in the summer, use your sprinkler to water your lawn daily for 3 weeks, for about 45 minutes at a time. (The goal is for the moisture to penetrate through the entire sod, from the grass to the soil.)

  2. 2

    After watering daily for 3 weeks, reduce watering to twice weekly for an additional 3 weeks. Water as before, with moisture penetrating the entirety of the sod.

  3. 3

    After the 6 weeks have elapsed, reduce your watering schedule to once weekly, returning to the twice weekly schedule if the weather becomes increasingly dry or hot.

Tips and warnings

  • In hotter and dryer weather, water more frequently.
  • Water in the mornings, so that more water is absorbed by the soil, and less is lost to evaporation.
  • Keep your sod moist, so that the roots may penetrate the soil underneath and become established.

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