Lawn Maintenance

Care of New Sod

Anonymous added on August 17, 2012 | Answered

When should I start mowing my sod grass? Can you over water sod? I have been watering almost once a day since I put it in. How much should you cut back the watering when the roots start to grow?

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Answered on August 20, 2012

Try to keep off the newly installed sod until it becomes well established, usually within a couple weeks to a month. The most important part of proper care for new sod is irrigation, especially in warm weather. Generally, new sod needs to be watered every two to three days. Give it a thorough soaking, about an inch or so deep. Check for root development periodically to make sure that rooting is taking place. Once it has taken hold, you can begin to gradually decrease the amount of watering.

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