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Tips to Manage a Newly Sodded Lawn

Almost all landscape projects or yard renovation projects call for new sod. If you are planning on having a lawn, you need to know how to care for a new sod installation. Tee Bar Sod Farms is one of the leading suppliers of high-quality sod in and around Edmonton and St. Albert. We know how to take care of a new lawn and by the end of this blog, you will too.

Here are a few tips to care for a newly sodded lawn:

  • Installation
    Water is essential for new sod to take root properly. Right after laying down the sod, water it thoroughly to keep it wet and spongy. Once it has dried enough after the initial soaking, use a lawn roller to ensure that the sod is evenly in contact with the soil surface. Sod needs time to take root, so don't walk on it until after the first mow.

  • Watering cycle in the first two weeks
    In the first two weeks, water the sod once in the morning and once in the evening every day for an hour each time. If the sod is laid in the fall, only water it for an hour every day either in the morning or in the evening. If there is a heatwave, water the sod for an hour and a half once in the morning and once at night. Sod is extremely vulnerable to loss of moisture during the initial stages, so make sure to never let it dry out or it will die.

  • First mowing
    If properly watered, the sod will take root by the end of two weeks and grow up to a length of about 3 inches, which is the right time for the first mowing. The first few times you mow the freshly sodded lawn, you should not cut more than one-third the height of the grass. Before you start mowing, make sure the mower blades are in good condition. While mowing, be careful as the roots are still too young and the sod might come off if you're clumsy with the mower.

  • Watering cycle in weeks three and four
    Reduce the watering cycle with careful observation, during the third week. If the sod isn't drying out, you can start watering it on alternate days. By the fourth week, you should only be watering it once in three or four days. If you see any shrinking or browning, all you need to do is water the patch and the sod will recover. Learn more about how to get rid of brown patches here.

  • Fertilizer
    Growing lawn grass will greatly benefit from a sparse application of fertilizer after it has firmly taken root. Ideally, this is anywhere around the fourth and the sixth week after installation. If possible, have the soil tested and find out what fertilizer would be suitable. Sod from Tee Bar Sod Farms is pre-fertilized, so all it needs is water.

  • Water cycle for the rest of the first season
    During the first growing season, water it more frequently than you would a fully established lawn but don't soak it. The roots should penetrate much deeper and become self-sustainable. It's ok to allow the lawn grass to dry out during the second month. Monitor how many days it takes for brown patches to develop and adjust your sprinkler.

If you follow these tips, you will have a healthy lawn grass growth. Tee Bar Sod Farms has been in the sod pickup and delivery business since 1976. Contact us today for a quote on your sod requirements.