How to Care for Your New Sod

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 20:51 -- Brian Lester
Lush new grass.

If you have recently had new sod installed, you may wonder what you should, and should not do, to care for it properly. After all, sod can be quite an investment so you need to ensure that you take good care of it so you will not have to make another large investment in the near future. Some tips to provide proper care for your sod are highlighted here.

Watering Schedule

The first few days after being laid, your sod will need plenty of water. It is important that you water your new sod soon after installation. After the initial watering, you should ensure it is thoroughly watered each day for a period of one week.

The next week you will reduce the water to no more than three times each week and then only once each week starting three weeks after installation. Being thorough with the watering means that there is a minimum one inch of total water during each watering.

The reduction of the watering frequency will encourage deep and healthy rooting. If you water lightly, it can result in roots that are much shallower, increasing the risk of being pulled from the soil. Be sure that when you water you do so in an even and slow manner so that the water can penetrate the soil and sod without causing runoff. If you over water, it will cause soil saturation and prevent air from being able to reach the roots, where it is needed most.


Do not mow your new sod right away. It will be ready for mowing after a period of six to seven days. You need to take care so that the wheels on your mower don't disturb your new sod's roots, with extra caution being given when on slopes. Be sure that the blades on your mower are sharp, as well, which is essential for smooth and even finish. If the blades are dull, it can leave brown, ragged tips and also rip your new sod.

Landscape experts recommend you mow new sod to a height of 2.5 to 3 inches. If you cut more than that, the blades can become burned by the sun and eventually die. However, it is also important to keep it trimmed since grass that is too tall may begin to thin out, increasing the potential for infestation and bare spots in your yard. Putting the clippings back on the lawn is also a smart move since they act as a natural fertilizer.


The new sod should be laid on an application of dressing soil for best results. This will offer quality fertilization for your new grass.  Spring and summer fertilizers should not be used right after installation because they encourage blade growth, rather than root growth.

Wait until fall and then use the proper type of granular fertilizer. When spring arrives next year you can use one of the appropriate formulas.

Keep Off the Sod

It is essential that you stay off of the newly laid sod for a period of at least two weeks to ensure that you are not disturbing the roots. This means no family picnics, soccer games, walking or other activity until the sod's roots have a firm hold.

Herbicide and Pesticide Use

It is also essential that you avoid any herbicide or pesticide use for your new sod. These applications will kill both bad and good bugs, leaving unbalanced soil that is not conducive to growth.

Using these tips will help ensure your sod grows and flourishes. You can also let our professionals help you install and care for your new sod. Fill out the contact form here to receive a free quote.

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