If your lawn is in desperate need of a face-lift, sod provides a nearly instant aesthetic boost. Weeds, improper use of chemicals, and harsh weather can all stunt the ability of existing grass to grow, which is why sod is such a popular option in the South to restore the image of a polished, well-manicured yard. When you receive new sod, carefully adhere to the care requirements outlined by your sod farm to ensure your sod grows and roots like it should.
Hiring a professional lawn care team is an even more efficient way to guarantee your lawn will receive the proper care, but it’s still important to know the guidelines yourself.
The sod process of harvesting, transporting, and installing is stressful to the grass, so proper precautions must be taken to help the grass root and maintain long-term performance. Be prepared to use a great deal of water during the first few weeks. Though exact recommendations vary based on the type of sod, the general suggestion is to water between ½” and ¾” every single day for the first four weeks of the sod’s life. Watering can move to every other day in the next four weeks, after which a regular watering schedule should be followed.
The stress of the uprooted grass combined with the extra moisture from necessary watering creates the perfect breeding ground for fungus. Don’t fret though, because a high quality dual-action fungicide will eliminate disease and keep the sod healthy. Don’t ignore this step to cut costs, either, because replacing disease-ridden sod will be far more expensive than the fungicide! Mowing should wait about 3 weeks after installation to be sure sod has rooted. Just be certain to watch for any uneven areas so that you don’t scalp bumpy points. Fertilizer is acceptable for application after 3 weeks. Check with your sod farm to see which specific fertilizer they suggest based on the type of sod installed.
Just by following these simple steps you will be able to enjoy your sod for a very long time to come!