Having a home you’re proud of is a big deal, but having a yard that gives off that good first impression can be an even bigger deal. For some, grass doesn’t always grow greener on their side of the fence but have no fear because sod is here! Sod is an excellent way to make your yard look like it’s always had a field of green grass. However, there are a few top tips to follow to make sure your sod maintains its value and keeps your yard looking pristine. Here you will find the top 5 rules to follow after having your new sod installed!
- Always remember that sod is decomposable and it must be installed into the lawn immediately upon arrival. You can’t let it sit there until the weekend, or when you may have a free moment. If left rolled and untouched, heat can build up in the turf and cause severe damage, and that means no pretty grass and a lot of wasted money.
- Keep it moist! No one likes that word, but it’s an important one when it comes to sod care. When installed, make sure to thoroughly saturate the sod until it’s soggy to walk on. You won’t be drowning anything as it’s near impossible to damage sod with water. This irrigation must be done deeply, at least 6 inches into the soil (hence the soggy part). Even after installation, you must make sure your sod is frequently watered, up to 6 sprinkled showers a day. The only time to cut back on watering is right before it’s time to mow, so it gives the soil ample time to firm.
- Wait two weeks to mow! It takes an estimated 14 days for the sod to be mowed (unless it’s installed in the colder months of winter – which it takes longer then). When mowing, also make sure to mow high as to not put added stress onto the new sod.
- Stay off the lawn! To help make sure the sod adjusts properly, it’s best to avoid any food traffic on the newly laid areas until after the first mowing. This can cause dents and spotting along the grass.
- And lastly, though it was said before, it bears repeating, water – water – water! Chances are if something is off with your sod, it’s because it’s not getting enough water. Not rooting? Edges turning colors? Mushrooms??? All usually a water issue. Once watering becomes deeper and less frequent, these little nuisances go away on their own so long as the water intake is right.
Follow these simple rules to keeping your grass looking great, and you’ll always win over any guests, even before they step foot inside!