Sod offers a fast and effective solution to dead, dying and/or unhealthy grass. If you’re struggling to grow the lush-green lawn that you’ve always hoped for, you can always opt for sod instead.
However, there are a few things you should know before investing hundreds of dollars into your new lawn.
In order for the sod to properly take hold and grow, you must give it a little TLC – something that we’re going to talk about more in today’s blog post.
One of the most important steps in growing sod is watering. I know this probably sounds like common sense, but it’s still worth mentioning that the amount of water your sod receives will directly affect its growth rate.
This is particularly important during the first few months after laying out sod, as it needs extra water to thrive. According to some lawn and turf experts, new sod should be kept moist to roughly 3-6” deep. If the soil feels arid and dry on top, it probably needs more water.
Note: check with your local municipality to determine whether or not any water restrictions are in place. Now that we’re in the “dog days of summer,” many regions are restricting water usage among residents.
Watch When You Cut!
There’s nothing wrong with mowing new sod. In fact, with all of the water healthy sod needs to grow, you’ll probably find yourself mowing it more frequently than your “old” grass.
But keep in mind that cutting it too far down may stress the sod, restricting its growth while also leaving it vulnerable to sun damage.
To prevent this from happening, try raising the deck on your lawnmower a few notches so it’s not cutting the grass too far down.
Of course, you should also apply fertilizer to your new sod for a helpful growth boost. Don’t just choose any fertilizer, but instead look for a type/variety that’s tailored specifically for your particularly sod.
If you are unsure which variety is right for your lawn, visit a local plant nursery to ask for suggestions. They should gladly point you in the right direction, showing you which sod is best suited for your lawn.
These are just a few things to keep in mind when growing sod. Above all else, though, be conscious of how much water it receives. If mother nature hasn’t been kind to you, set up a sprinkler to keep your lawn hydrated.
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