WATERING INSTRUCTIONS

How to Take Care of Your Grass

Keep the grass moist while laying it down. Also, water the grass after installing around 200square feet by turning on your irrigation system or misting it with your garden hose. The grass requires water daily and immediately after installation.

New Sod

Water an average of 1" per day for the first 2-3 weeks.

Established Sod

Water an average of 2" twice a week thereafter.

Exposure to sun, wind and soil may cause this to vary.

Look for stress factors, dirt cracking, grass blades curling, and foot prints across the lawn. These are signses that your lawn needs watering.

New Sod

Water your new sod about 1" every other day, for about 2 weeks or until your root system gets established (If you water your lawn the day before and it is still moist the next day you go out to water your lawn, you can skip a day).

If a freeze is pending, water your new sod. The water will help protect the root system from any frost or ice damage. 

 

Established Sod

Water your lawn about once a week during the winter season.

A big misconception about grass is that you don't have to water it during the winter because the grass has gone dormant and it is no longer growing. This is not true. The root system is still very much alive and does need water about once a week.

Fertilizing and Managing Weeds

Fertilizer application and weeding are vital maintenance practices when growing grass. However, our experts don’t recommend fertilizer application during the early phase. Only applylow-nitrogen fertilizer to help the grass establish roots and thrive.

For instance, you can apply MicroLife Brown Patch 5-1-3 because it has slow-release nitrogen. Therefore, it won’t burn the roots or the new grass. Also, it has phosphorous and potash that helpwith faster root development and plant health. Once your grass has established itself, applyseasonal fertilizers to maintain the health of your plants.

Pre-Emergent Herbicide

Pre-emergent herbicides help with maintaining a lush green, healthy lawn. Therefore, add theiruse in a well-planned grass maintenance schedule. That way, your yard will remain dense andhealthy enough to deal with pests, weeds, and diseases.

Timing is vital for both fertilizers and herbicides. Apply pre-emergent herbicides when the timeis right because applying them when the soil temperature is inappropriate could render themuseless. Nevertheless, use suitableherbicides to manage weeds in your lawn.

Irrigation

Appropriate irrigation is vital for the successful growth of your grass after installation. Grass harvesting affects the root system. If your grass can’t access nutrients and water from the soil, it may start yellowing. Therefore, water your grass regularly and promptly to prevent discoloration.

The irrigation schedule and method should depend on the used soil, ground preparation, sod variety, and ambient temperature. For instance, your grass could yellow faster and more during the hot months with inadequate water. Therefore, water your grass more at this time to prevent discoloration.

Check Your Irrigation System

Check the irrigation system to ensure its efficiency and coverage. Also, confirm to ensure that all sprinkler heads work all the time correctly. Your irrigation should achieve at least 1.5 water inches every day to help the sod green up and establish the root system.

However, don’t overwater the grass because excessive moisture will encourage lawn diseases. Also, don’t water the grass overnight or in the evening. Morning irrigation will prevent excessive moisture that may cause fungal infections.