How to Maintain Your New Sod

Hank Kerfoot - Thursday, September 13, 2012

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New sod needs time and proper maintenance to become established.

Installing new sod takes time and money, so you want to make sure your investment is protected. Maintaining your new sod during the first couple of months is important to ensure it becomes established.

• Water: New sod needs to be watered three times a day for the first week after it is installed. Water in the early morning, again in the early afternoon and in the early evening. During the second week, cut the watering back to twice a day, and then cut it back to once every couple of days.

• Control weed growth: Remove any weeds that pop up in your new sod. If they get out of control, contact an expert about applying a chemical treatment to destroy the weeds.

• Mowing: Wait until at least three weeks to mow the new sod. Let the sod dry out before you try to mow it. Make sure the mower blade is sharpened before you mow. Mow at a high setting to avoid damaging the sod. Leave the clippings to add nutrients into the soil.

For the more information about how to maintain your new sod, contact the experts at Modern Turf.