If you are having new sod installed in your front yard this spring, then it is vital that you understand how to properly care for it. Since sod is an investment, the last thing you want is for it to die before it becomes established.
To properly care for your new sod, follow each of these time-tested tips:
Tip: Properly Water the New Sod so It Becomes Established
The most important thing you can do to help your sod establish itself and form roots down into the soil is to water it multiple times each day during its first couple of weeks. For the first couple of weeks, your sod should never completely dry out. You can accomplish this by watering it each morning, each evening, and multiple times during they day, especially during excessively hot weather. You will know if you are not watering the sod enough because it will start to shrink and will turn brown.
Tip: Don't walk on the New Sod Until It Gets Established
When your sod is new and it has not yet established itself, you should avoid walking on it. In addition, you should keep your pets off of the lawn and should keep your kids from playing on it. Walking on newly installed sod will cause depressions in the ground and can lead to unnecessary dead spots.
Tip: Once the New Sod has Become Established then Mow It
Once your new sod has become established, typically a couple weeks after its installation, then you will need to mow it. When mowing new sod, you need to set your lawnmower's blade on a high setting. Leaving the lawn a bit longer will force its roots down into the ground farther and will not shock the grass as much as cutting it short would.
When you are mowing, you might catch the side of the lawnmower on a strip of sod and it could lift up. If this happens, simply lay the sod back in place. Once you have finished mowing, then you should thoroughly water the sod.
Tip: Replace Any Dead Spots with New Sod
Finally, if your sprinklers have been missing a corner of the grass and it has died, then you should have your landscape contractor, like B & B Hoffman Sod Farms, come back out and replace the dead sod sections. By patching the sod when the rest of the lawn area is still new and becoming established, you will ensure that there are no uneven spots on your new beautiful lawn.