Watering New Sod: The Do's and Don'ts

When it comes to watering new sod, timing is everything. While it may be tempting to water your new lawn at night, this is not recommended. Early morning is the best time to water your new grass, as the wind speed is lower and less water is lost through evaporation. Immediately after installing the new turf, water it deeply.

On large projects, start watering as soon as you place one or two pallets. Early and thorough watering promotes better contact between the root and the soil, eliminates air pockets and, most importantly, begins to establish a moisture reserve that will prevent the grass from drying out. Most lawn care experts recommend watering your new grass on the first day of installation. There are many exposed edges along the pieces of grass that dry out quite easily, so watering more frequently and thoroughly during establishment is recommended.

New grass has small roots, so it can only absorb a limited amount of water at a time. Therefore, you should water your lawn several times a day for short periods of time. Schedule watering in the morning and afternoon. If you water it in the late afternoon or at night, there is a better chance of a fungal problem. Most individual pieces of grass will dry along exposed edges or along edges that are not well placed together with other pieces of grass.

To ensure that you feel safe caring for your newly placed lawn, we've put together a comprehensive guide to watering new grass that answers all your questions and provides a recommended schedule for watering your new grass. Because grass requires a lot of moisture for the first two weeks after grass installation, it can be easy to fall into the trap of overwatering your lawn. With a sprinkler system, you can easily follow the appropriate watering recommendations for the newly placed lawn, as you can schedule watering times throughout the day to ensure that the grass receives the ideal amount of water and doesn't dry out. If you have purchased grass from us, you can find the maintenance height on the product page of the grass you purchased. If you have hired a professional landscaping company to install your lawn, they will normally be responsible for feeding the newly installed grass. As an expert in lawn care, I highly recommend watering your new sod in the early morning hours.

This will help ensure that your new lawn gets off to a healthy start and will help prevent any potential fungal problems from occurring. Additionally, make sure to water your new sod frequently and thoroughly during establishment to ensure that it receives enough moisture and doesn't dry out.

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