New Sod Grass Care
Proper Watering is the key to establishing a new sod grass lawn. It is vital to keep it properly watered for the first month. During and immediately after installing sod grass, water thoroughly making it spongy to the step. The new sod grass should be kept thoroughly wet to a depth of 4" to 6" and watered 1 to 2 times a day during the first 7 to 14 days depending on the season and the temperature. We suggest 1 inch a day as a guide- you will have to adjust based on your location and irrigation system.
Tip- To check the depth of moisture, take a screwdriver and place in the soil 4-6 inches. If it goes in easy the soil is moist. If it is hard to get in then the soil is dry and you need to increase your watering.
The first week, it is very important to keep the new sod grass damp. During this time stay off the sod grass to allow it to take root and you do not sink in and leave depressions from your footsteps. During hot weather, sprinklers should run several times a day so the new sod never dries out. If allowed to dry out the sod will shrink, brown and can die. The roots of your new sod will penetrate the soil faster and root down sooner if properly watered.
The following 2 weeks are used to transition from frequent daily watering to fewer watering cycles per day and increase the number of days between watering. During week 3, start reducing watering times per day and skip a day between watering if new sod is not drying out. By week 4, water 1-2 times every other day. After week 4, your new yard should be ready to go 2-3 days between watering. Water your lawn in the early morning when less evaporation occurs.
Your new lawn should be mowed at the end of week 3. If your new lawn reaches over 3 1/2”, mow off a third of the length even if it has not been three weeks. Do not cut shorter than 2" for the first few times mowing. Exercise caution the first time you mow so you do not damage or pull up the sod.