New Grass(Freshly laid sod)
Now that you have just planted your sod you need to know how to take care of it so that it will survive. The first couple weeks are the toughest on sod so make sure you follow these directions closely.
- Water your yard thoroughly after installation, and be sure that the water has soaked through the sod and saturated the ground underneath.
- Water every day, keeping the grass and soil underneath it wet. If the temperature is above 90 degrees you may want to water it twice a day.
- After about 2 weeks, or until your sod roots into the soil, you can start your regular watering.
- You will not need to mow the sod for about two or three weeks after it is planted. It is better to cut the grass a little tall the first time, to make sure you do not damage it.
Now you are ready to go with your newly planted sod. Below we have also provided some general yard care that may help you out if you ever get some brown spots.
- Different types of grass will need different amounts of water but usually you can get by with watering once a week for about 20-30 minutes if temperature is from 50 to 75 degrees. If temperature is from 75 to 95 degrees, water twice a week.
- A nice way to check if you have the right amount of water to do a screwdriver check. If you can easily insert a screwdriver eight to ten inches in the ground then you have adequate water depth.
- If your grass starts to have gray spots or brownish colored spots then you probably need to water that area more. Check all your sprinklers and make sure that they are not plugged or out of adjustment. You may even have a spot that is not getting hit very well by the sprinklers and need to change your nozzle size.
- Make sure you do not water you yard too much, this can cause disease, or insects.
- The best time to water your yard is in the cooler parts of the day when evaporation is low.
- It is better to water deep so you get good root growth.
Basic Yard Care
Here is some basic yard care ideas that can be used when ever needed.
- Mowing is an important part to lawn care. You will not want to mow your yard too short. This can cause disease, insects or weeds. The grass in your yard also uses its leaves to collect sunlight and shade the ground.
- You will probably want to mow your yard about once a week. A nice height to mow your yard would be about 2 to 2.5 inches tall.
- If you get behind on the mowing, set your mower higher for a mowing and then mow a 2nd time a couple of days later at your normal height.
- Never mow more than a half inch at a time or you could stress your grass.
- Make sure you sharpen your blades after about four mowings, depending on how much you are mowing.
- Make sure you fertilize your lawn about once a month. This will help keep it thick and green.
- You need to make sure you add Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium to your yard in order to keep it healthy.
- Weed Control
- Weeds are always going to try and grow into your yard. If they are not bad you can just get them by hand. If you think that they are getting a little out of hand then you can purchase a weed control product from a garden center.
- Insect Control
- Insects are going to be more of a problem in the hot dry summers. Just make sure you keep an eye out for insects and if needed purchase pesticides from a garden center.