Caring for your new sod

Congratulations on your new lawn! Now that you new sod has been laid and fertilized, there are a few things you need to do in order to keep it nice an healthy.

  • Your new sod in desperate need of water. For the next three days, water your lawn twice per day. Once early in the morning, and then once in the evening. This helps prevent it from evaporating in the hot afternoon sun. It is important to completely soak the lawn to the point that it would become mushy to walk on. As the new soil under the sod is dry, it is important hydrate the soil. As the lawn is now soaked to the point where walking on it will leave indentations, avoid walking on the lawn for 3 weeks. After three weeks, the soil will have stabilized allowing walking on the lawn.
  • One trick to water the lawn without walking on the lawn is to place the sprinkler at one edge and the hose at the other edge of lawn then pull the hose until the sprinkler is in the middle of the lawn.
  • It is not possible for the lawn to overwatered within the first three days.
  • For the next three weeks, slow the watering down to once per day. Be sure to water just long enough for the moisture to soak into the soil below the sod. An easy way to check is to lift a piece of sod that has just been watered, to see if the soil beneath it has been watered.
  • Remember the sod roots are still very shallow so frequent watering is important during these first weeks.

A couple of things to remember:

  • Since the lawn is receiving so much moisture, it is normal to see mushrooms growing in the lawn. These are not harmful and will go away once the lawn goes back to normal watering.
  • The edges of sod that touch concrete (house, driveway, sidewalk, etc) may need more frequent watering than other areas of the lawn. As the concrete tends to suck the moisture out quickly.
  • It is also normal to have pieces of sod, sometimes even half a piece and other times, whole sections; that turn yellow in about a week. This can happen for two reasons: if it’s a section it has probably been allowed to dry out once, and therefore will require more frequent watering. If the sod has turned yellow in individual pieces, this is likely due to the sod being cut slightly thinner than normal. In either instance, be sure to continue frequent watering and after three to four weeks, the lawn will turn back to green, just as though nothing had ever happened. Should you have any problems with the lawn, remember it is covered under Greentree’s Warranty. However because of this common scenario it is advisable to wait 30 days to determine if the lawn has taken or not. The most common problem not covered under warranty is that the lawn has not been watered correctly. The easiest way to tell this has occurred is that gaps have formed between the sod, caused by the sod drying out and shrinking.

The first mowing should take place after you can walk on it without leaving indentations; usually after the 3 week mark. When you mow your grass for the first time the grass should be very long, therefore it is recommended that your lawn mower is at the highest possible setting. Three days after the first mow, mow again at the normal height.

As your lawn has just been fertilized and is now establishing itself. Do not put any weed control products on the lawn for 90 days. However, after 30 days it is recommended to fertilize the lawn.