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Helpful Tips on Maintaining Your New Sod

 SOD MAY DIE WITHIN 24 HOURS FROM THE TIME OF INSTALLATION IF NOT PROPERLY MAINTAINED SO WE  RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING STEPS FOR IMMEDIATE CARE AS WELL AS LONG TERM CARE.

 

THE FIRST FEW WEEKS ARE CRUCIAL FOR NEWLY INSTALLED SOD AND BY FOLLOWING THE NEXT FEW TIPS YOU WILL HAVE A LAWN THAT CAN BE ENJOYED FOR YEARS TO COME.

 

 WATERING: THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN MAINTAINING YOUR NEW SOD.  IT WILL BE WATERED AFTER INSTALLATION, BUT IT IS CRUCIAL THAT IT STAYS CONTINUALLY MOIST FOR THE NEXT THREE WEEKS OR UNTIL FULLY ROOTED.

THE SOD MUST BE SATURATED ENOUGH TO THE POINT THAT THE SOIL UNDERNEATH THE SOD ALSO BECOMES WET.  IF YOU ARE ABLE TO WALK ACROSS THE SOD WITHOUT SINKING IN THE MUD, THEN IT HAS NOT BEEN WATERED ENOUGH.  DEPENDING ON THE TIME OF YEAR YOU MAY NEED TO WATER EVERYDAY OR AS LITTLE AS THREE DAYS A WEEK.  IT IS BEST WHEN WATERINGS ARE SPREAD OUT INTO THREE WATERINGS OF SHORT DURATION DURING A 24-HOUR PERIOD RATHER THAN IRRIGATING ONCE DURING THE DAY FOR AN EXTENDED AMOUNT OF TIME.  IN COOLER WEATHER (LESS THAN 70 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT) WE RECOMMEND WATERING EVERY DAY FOR THE FIRST FEW DAYS, THEN TAPER OFF TO EVERY OTHER DAY.  IF YOU HAVE AN AUTOMATIC IRRIGATION SYSTEM OR ARE JUST WATERING WITH A REGULAR SPRINKLER, MAKE SURE THAT ALL AREAS ARE BEING COVERED EVENLY.  IF CERTAIN AREAS START TO TURN BROWN, THEY ARE PROBABLY LACKING WATER.

 

FERTILIZER:  WHEN WE INSTALLED YOUR SOD WE APPLIED A 12-12-12 PRODUCT TO PROMOTE NEW ROOT DEVELOPMENT.  ANY TYPE OF TURF FERTILIZER (THAT DOES NOT CONTAIN A WEED KILLER) CAN BE APPLIED MODERATELY ABOUT SIX WEEKS AFTER INSTALLATION (EXCEPT IN THE SUMMER MONTHS WHEN THE TEMPERATURE REMAINS IN THE 85 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT AND OVER RANGE BECAUSE FERTILIZING AT THIS TIME CAN CAUSE BURN OUTS OR BROWNING OF THE SOD).  IT IS BEST TO FERTILIZE IN THE SPRING AND FALL.  UNLESS FERTILIZING ONCE A YEAR WHICH IN THAT CASE FALL IS RECOMMENDED.  WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CONTINUE TO FOLLOW A SCOTTS TURF BUILDER PROGRAM THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, WHICH CAN BE FOUND IN ALMOST ANY HOME IMPROVEMENT STORE LIKE HOME DEPOT, LOWES, HANDYMAN HARDWARE,  ETC. THIS PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE WEED KILLER AND PRE-EMERGENT.  ALWAYS REMEMBER TO READ LABELS AND DIRECTIONS FOR NEW SOD WHEN USING LAWN CARE PRODUCTS.

 

WEED KILLER:  WAIT FOUR MONTHS BEFORE APPLYING A WEED KILLER TO AVOID STRESSING OUT YOUR NEW SOD.

 

MOWING:  MOW YOUR SOD AFTER IT IS ABOUT THREE INCHES TALL OR IS WELL ROOTED (APPROXIMATELY 2-3 WEEKS DEPENDING ON THE TIME OF YEAR). 

 

 

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