How do I properly maintain sod?
Watering – Water your new grass immediately after installation.
- To check your water level, pull back the corner of the sod piece. The underlying soil should be very moist.
- Make sure water is getting to all areas of your lawn.
- Edges along asphalt and concrete, corners, areas near buildings, as well as places on top of embankments and mounds often dry out fastest.
- At first, water daily or more often, keeping sod moist until it is firmly rooted (about 2 weeks). Later, depending on weather conditions, water less frequently but enough so that water will penetrate deeper into the root zone.
- Water as early in the morning as possible to avoid evaporation due to sun and wind.
How do I fertilize my freshly laid sod or established sod?
FERTILIZING — Fertilizers usually contain the following:
- Nitrogen (for lush green leaf growth)
- Phosphorus (for root growth)
- Potassium–Potash (increases resistance to disease and drought)
Freshly Laid Sod: It is recommended that you choose a fertilizer higher in phosphorus, such as 10-20-10 to promote root growth and establish sod quicker.
Established Sod: We recommend that you fertilize your established sod 3 times per year:
- spring (Apr/May): Use a fertilizer higher in nitrogen for a quick green-up.
- summer (Jun/Jul): A balanced blend of all fertilizer requirements will result in a lush, thick, dark green and healthy turf.
- fall (Aug/Sep): A winterizer fertilizer higher in phosphorus will promote a stronger root development to meet our harsh winters.
Apply fertilizer carefully on a dry lawn and water heavily following application. This prevents the grass from burning and washes fertilizer to the roots, where it is best absorbed for use by the plant.
WARNING — Always consult a professional and follow directions accurately for proper application of fertilizer!
How do I properly mow sod?
It is suggested that you wait at least 7 days, or until the grass has started to root before you mow your new lawn. After one week, try lifting one of the pieces of sod. If it comes up easily, it is too early to cut.
After your sod has rooted, the ideal cutting height is between 2-3 inches.
It is recommended that you mow often, generally removing no more than 1/3 of the grass height. Keep your mower blade sharp for a nice, clean cut.
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