Some homeowners prefer to use seed while some others prefer to use sod when growing a lush green lawn. Although there are arguments in favor of both these methods, the final outcome is simply a matter of choice of the homeowner. Sod is more reliable compared to seed. That is why it has become more popular with a majority of homeowners out there. Sod requires more care compared to an already established lawn. Sod comes with shallow roots that need time to grow in the soil. That is why it is essential to provide proper watering, fertilizer, and maintenance for new sod.
Watering Schedule for New Sod
The roots of new sod need consistent moisture. Hence, you have to water a lawn with sod more than an already established lawn. For the first seven days, new sod would require 5-10 minutes of watering, 2-3 times a day. The water should be able to soak the first 3-4 inches of soil. For the next 10 days, you need to reduce watering to once a day. You should make sure the top 1/4 inches of soil is soaked under such circumstances. After the first three weeks, you need to water only every other day. The soil needs to soak at least to about half an inch. When the sod grows for about 4 weeks, you can reduce watering to once per week. On the other hand, if the temperature goes above 85 degrees F during the first four weeks, you should increase the watering accordingly.
Fertilizing New Sod – Schedule
Sod is usually fertilized before harvesting. Hence, you will not have to fertilize sod for the next 30-50 days after installation. If you fertilize before this period, you will find yellow patches on the lawn. That is because the shallow roots of the sod cannot absorb all the nutrients. This will cause nitrogen to leak into the soil.
After the first 30-40 days, you can apply a granular fertilizer containing nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous. Apply the granular fertilizer when the lawn is dry. Make sure to spread it evenly.
When to Mow New Sod
New sod shouldn’t be mowed quickly. You should mow the lawn after 10 days of installation. Don’t mow if the grass is less than three inches tall.
Avoid walking on the new sod for at least 10 days after installing it. These are important things to consider when considering lawn care for new sod.
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