Although your newly seeded lawn has been watered in, it’s up to you to keep it moist. Mist it every morning and in the afternoon if needed, to maintain a moist inch of soil. Be mindful that it’s to be moist, not wet. During hot and dry periods, it may require an additional watering. To determine if it’s moist or dry, randomly insert your fingers into the upper inch of the soil in various locations of your lawn.
Once the seed starts to germinate (green sprouts) you should continue to water, moistening the upper two inches of soil. If allowed to dry out during this crucial period, the sprouts will die. Continue to water daily until the grass reaches a height of 2-1/2 – 3-1/2” then mow, removing only 1/3 of the overall height.
After the initial cut, cut-back the watering to two times per week soaking the soil to a depth of 6-8”.
Because your seed was installed with a starter fertilizer, there’s no need to fertilize again until 6-8 weeks after initial installation using standard lawn fertilizer.
Water your newly laid sod immediately upon installation and continue to water daily for the next few weeks to ensure its survival and longevity. The key is uniform watering across the lawn to penetrate the soil beneath, moistening the upper six inches.
It’s almost impossible to provide uniform coverage by hand with a hose so we recommend the use of an end of hose sprinkler attachment set-up and moved around to cover all the areas or zones in your yard. The number of zones will vary based on the size of your yard. After watering one zone, move the hose with attachment to an adjacent zone in a manner that the water reaches the edge of the previously watered zone to ensure solid coverage and nice overlap in between the two areas. Continue this process until all areas have been saturated and continue daily until the sod takes root, when the sod roots have penetrated the soil below and isn’t easily moved.
Once the sod has rooted into the soil, you’ll want to provide the sod with an inch of soil per week. An easy way to gage how much you’ve applied is to place an empty can (tuna can or similar) mid-way along the stream of the sprinkler water and allow the sprinkler to run until the water in the can reaches a depth of one inch. Repeat this process until you’ve watered all the zones that make-up your lawn.
Your sodded lawn is a living, breathing plant, and must be cared for as such. Proper watering, maintenance, professional chemical fertilization and weed control are essential to ensure your lawn’s beauty.
We recommend having professionals perform these services.
Balanced fertilizer for an early green color.
Pre-emergent herbicides for annual weeds.
(Do not apply pre-emergents to seeded areas)
Heavy feeding of balanced granular fertilizer.
post-emergent herbicide for broadleaf weed control.
Post-emergence crabgrass control is needed.
Special weed control formulation for tough
summer weeds. Fertilizers to help your lawn
through the dry summer months. Season-long
Special fertilizers to help your lawn recover
from summer stress. Concentrated weed
control for any returning weeds.
Much needed fertilizers to develop deeper roots through the winter.