Sod Care and Maintenance Tips
Healthy sod comes from proper care
Watering Your Sod
Begin watering your new sod within a half hour of installation. Apply at least 1 inch of water to keep the soil beneath the sod very wet. Avoid hand watering your sod because it does not provide uniformity. Using hose-end sprinklers provide consistent coverage to your sod.
Fertilizing Your Sod
Sod varieties require different types and quantities of fertilizer. Cool and warm season sods vary as do their nutrient requirements. Contact your local extension service to have a soil sample evaluated to determine what is best for your new sod.
Your sod can me mowed once it has rooted into the soil. Never cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade. Cutting your sod too short can make your lawn more vulnerable to diseases.
Aeration of Sod
Core aerators punch small holes in the sod allowing air and water to penetrate deeper. Aerators can be rented from a local shop or you can contact a local professional.