Watering Your Newly Laid Sod
It is not uncommon for our landscaping jobs to include the laying of new sod. And while homeowners love the immediacy of a beautiful green lawn, one of the first concerns they have is, “How do I care for the sod?”
To make it easier for you, we have created a helpful step by approach to ensuring that your newly laid sod not only looks fantastic today, but for the foreseeable future, too!
FAQs for Watering for Newly Laid Sod
When to Water?
You can determine if water is needed by gently peeling back the corner of a sod piece. Feel the ground underneath. If it is moist or damp then water is unnecessary, but if the ground below is dry then it is time to water the sod.
How Much Water Does Newly Laid Sod Need?
Typically, you want the sod to stay slightly damp, so you may need to water the newly sod as much as twice a day – depending on the current daily temperatures and whether or not you have laid dormant sod. If the weather has been especially dry or hot, you may find yourself watering the sod twice daily for as many as two weeks.
How to Protect the Sod?
Each time you left a corner of sod to check the ground below, be sure it is a different corner! When you start seeing white roots appear it will get more difficult to lift up a corner.
How Often Do I Check the Corners of the Sod?
Daily, as this ensures the sod is kept saturated and that the roots are getting established. You will know the sod is on its way to permanency when you can no longer lift up a corner. At this point, you don’t need to lift a corner to check the sod but do continue watering the sod, while slowing cutting back on the amount of watering. Once the sod is fully established a lawn will only need an inch of water per week.
What About Sod Near Walk/Drive Ways?
This sod requires a bit more attention, so be sure that sod adjacent to these areas gets some extra TLC. This is because paved surfaces generate more heat, often causing the moisture below the sod to dissipate more quickly and cause those pieces of sod to dry out faster than other areas of the yard.