It can be difficult to achieve a healthy, green lawn that your neighbors will envy. Many homeowners don't know what it takes to maintain their lawn once they've opted for sod replacement. Improper care due to factors like inadequate fertilization and over-watering can quickly derail your progress. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make sure your efforts aren't in vain.
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Here are some tips on how to take care of your sod:
- Water Before Laying Sod
Always water your soil lightly before laying down your sod. This helps settle the soil and provides a moist base upon which to apply it.
- Proper Watering
The most important thing you can do to maintain your sod is to establish a proper watering schedule and stick to it. Begin by watering daily for the first week. The best approach is to water during the mornings, so that water is not lost to evaporation during the afternoon hours. After the first week, reduce your watering to every other day for another week. The week after that, reduce it further by watering twice a week. For the remainder of the year, make sure your lawn gets 1 inch of water per week.
- Proper Fertilizing
Aside from watering, proper fertilizing is important for creating a healthy lawn. Although starter fertilizer should have been applied during installation, it will still be necessary to apply a slow-release fertilizer at least 3 or 4 times per year. Over time, nutrients are lost due to watering. This is especially true when the sod is first laid, due to increased watering frequency. As a result, it requires frequent reapplication.
Another important matter to consider is the possibility of disease. Check for signs of fungal disease within 3 days of applying your sod. If there are any signs of fungus, apply a granular or spray-type fungicide right away. The granular type can be applied either by hand or with a seed spreader. If the fungus is severe, consult a lawn care company that has access to stronger commercial products. This should not be a typicall issue, and immediate fertalization or pes
- Trim Your Grass
Once your grass takes root and starts growing, be sure to keep it trimmed. Don't allow it to get any longer than 3.5 inches. Your first mowing should be within 2 weeks of laying the sod. Mow it often enough that you never have to remove more than one half inch of grass at a time, keeping it around 3 inches long.
If you're watering and fertilizing your lawn properly, weeds should not be a problem. If they do become an issue, first try removing them by hand. If there are too many, you may need to resort to an herbicide.
Finally, you'll have to be patient with the process. Healthy grass doesn't grow overnight, even if you begin by planting sod, rather than seeding. With proper care, the sod you lay can help produce a beautiful lawn you can take pride in for years to come.