Sod Care – Weeks 3 & 4
These weeks are used to transition from frequent watering to decreased cycles per day and increased days between watering.
- Week three
- Reduce watering to one to three times per day
- Skip a day between watering if the sod becomes to saturated
- Week four
- Beginning of week four: Water one to two times every other day
- By the end of week four:
- Reduce watering to every 2 to 3 days
- Lightly apply fertilizer at 5 to 7 pounds per 1000 square feet
Sod Care – Weeks 5+
Over the course of the year, grass will root deeply into the soil, allowing an overall reduction in watering.
- New lawns need additional watering for the first growing season especially the first 6 months
- Beyond week five you will need deep watering but less frequently
(This promotes root growth downward; developing a deep root system which will eventually use less water)
Sod Care Expert Tips To Consider
Fine tune your irrigation system by adjusting heads and nozzles, checking for proper coverage.
While learning the perfect moisture balance, you may stress the lawn a little (especially attempting to dry it out for mowing). This is perfectly normal and should not destroy sod. Simply increase watering time in small increments to gain turgidity.
To reduce erosion, divide watering times in half; running the irrigation cycle for the first half of the time and one hour later cycle through the remainder of the watering time. This allows dense or compact soil to absorb more water.