Adding a layer of sod is one of the most important things that you can do for your yard; adding sod can raise your property value, increase your quality of life, and most importantly, speed up the growth process, so you don't have to live with a terrible looking yard for weeks on end. Once you complete your installation, however, there are specific steps you need to take to make sure that your sod stays in excellent shape and that it survives the next few weeks. The first two weeks are crucial, so keep reading to learn more about upkeep and keeping your yard looking beautiful.
The First Two Weeks of Sod Installation
Keeping your sod in great shape involves a few steps:
Keep it Wet
You need to water your sod regularly throughout the first month, and that means making sure it feels spongy to the touch. Ideally, it should be fully saturated three to five times per day during the initial two weeks, and it is essential to ensure that it never dries out. Remember: as you regularly water your sod, the roots will grow faster and more quickly penetrate the original layer of earth.
Stay Off of It
Once your sod is laid down you may be tempted to walk on the grass it looks like it would be perfectly fine. The truth, however, is that you would leave depressions in the sod from your footsteps which would ultimately cause damage. In conjunction with not walking on it, you also cannot mow the grass at this point.
The Third and Fourth Weeks
During these weeks you will merely be cutting back on the amount of water you give your grass. In the third week, you can cut down to two or three times per day, and even skip watering in between if you feel the sod isn't drying. As the fourth-week starts, you can cut down watering drastically, going up to three days between each session. Remember: as the roots of your grass become established in the ground, they will need less water and be better at sustaining themselves.
Irrigating Your Lawn
Early on, you will want to consider adding irrigation to your lawn, and by this, we mean an actual irrigation system. Commonly known as a sprinkler system it makes use of lateral lines to deliver the correct amount of water from your home's system to your lawn. Not only will this take the burden of watering the grass off you, but it will also ensure that your new lawn is watered at the correct times with the proper amount of water to prevent drowning your new sod. Finally, you can set an irrigation system on a timer which means you won't have to wake up early in the morning to water the sod. That, in itself, should excite anyone who is on a set schedule.
Sod maintenance following your installation will save you a lot of trouble and prevent severe damage to your new grass. As a professional company with years of installation experience, we can ensure that the job is done right and that your sod will last for many years to come. Whether you're working with a residential or commercial lawn, you know that it is the first thing friends, family, or clients will see when they approach your property make sure it looks great and makes a fabulous first impression.