Laying down new sod can give your lawn a fresh, vibrant look. However, properly caring for your new sod is crucial for it to grow strong and healthy. Here are some tips to help you take care of your new sod installation:
Water your sod regularly: After installation, your new sod needs water to take root and grow. Water it every day for the first week, then cut back to watering every other day for the next two weeks. After that, you can water every three days or so. Make sure you water in the morning or late afternoon to avoid evaporation in the heat of the day.
Keep off the grass: Did you ever have a neighbor growing up who told you to stay off the grass? It turns out they were right. Staying off the grass as much as possible during the first few weeks after installation is essential to allow the roots to grow deep and establish themselves. Also, avoid any heavy activity on the lawn, including playing, walking, or parking.
Mow your sod: After the first two weeks, your sod will start to grow tall enough to require mowing. Keep your mower blade sharp and set it to a high setting for the first few mows. Gradually lower the setting until you reach the desired height.
Fertilize your lawn: Your new sod needs to be fertilized to continue growing strong. Wait until after the first year to apply fertilizer, and then apply it every six weeks. Use a fertilizer with a balanced ratio of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium to encourage growth and root development.
Check for pests and diseases: Keep an eye out for pests and diseases that can damage or kill your new sod. Check for signs of yellowing or brown patches and take action as soon as possible if you notice anything unusual by hiring a professional.
By following these tips, you can help ensure your new sod installation grows into a lush, healthy lawn that will last for years.
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