Sod Lawn Care

Full establishment of a sod lawn takes about four weeks. During this period remember the following rules:
1) No foot traffic, pets or machinery allowed except while cutting.
2) Do not allow sod and undersoil to dry out. They must be kept soaked at all times

Soaking the sod keeps it from shrinking at the seams. It will also prevent burning and brown discoloration. If any browning appears, water immediately!

Soaking the lawn through the sod to the undersoil requires a lot of water. Place lawn sprinklers to ensure that the lawn will be thoroughly soaked. Adjust water pressure to achieve the ideal wedge-shaped soak. Be sure to take rainfall into account as it may require less manual watering. Also, remember to obey any water restrictions set by your village.
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• Days 1 — 6
The first seven days after your sod has been installed are critical to its establishment. Stay off the sod and keep it well watered.

• Day 7
Allow the lawn to dry for one to two days. It should be damp and able to support your weight.

• Day 8 or 9
Once the lawn is damp-dry it should receive its first cutting. Set your mower at the highest setting. Cut the entire area, whether it appears to require it or not. Be sure to use a grass catcher to collect the clippings. Immediately after cutting, soak the sod again and continue the soaking process for another seven-day period.

• Days 15 or 16
Repeat the cutting procedure allowing the sod to damp-dry beforehand. After the second cutting, examine the entire area for depressions. These holes, if any, are usually caused by footsteps of animals or people, settling of gas or water mains or filling of deep air pockets caused by poor backfilling during original construction. To repair, gently roll back the overlaying sod, fill the hole with good soil to the proper grade, replace the sod and treat the area as freshly laid sod by keeping it well watered.

• Days 21 — 29
Water the lawn heavily two or three times weekly and cut weekly. Remember to keep all traffic off the lawn for the 30 days.

• Day 30+
Approximately 30 days after the installation, reduce watering to deep, infrequent applications, totaling 1” to 1.5” per week. Mow weekly.
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Fertilization should be performed annually to maintain a healthy, green lawn.

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