27 Jun How to Get Your Newly Sodded Lawn Off to a Healthy Start
Congratulations on your newly sodded lawn. If you are like most homeowners, you have entered into the “now what” stage. You’ve just made a significant investment and want to do everything possible to have your new lawn root down and establish quickly. That attitude is terrific because the manner in which you nurture your new sod during its first six weeks is critical to its future health and appearance. Taking the right action steps promises to pay long-term dividends.
How to Get Your Newly Sodded Lawn Off to a Healthy Start
– During the first ten days, water twice a day – once in the morning and then again in the evening. It is crucial that the sprinkler heads in each zone are checked to ensure that the entire lawn is getting covered. During each “watering session,” be sure to water for a long enough time to allow it to seep deep into the soil to be available to the root zone. For most irrigation systems, this requires a 20 minute cycle. Take rainfall into consideration and modify your irrigation schedule to save water (and money) and to not over water your lawn.
– Monitor your lawn regularly to make sure that it is not drying out. Check the edges of each piece as well as the overall perimeter of your lawn as these are the most susceptible to drying out. Provide supplemental, targeted hand-watering with a hose, especially throughout the first 14 days.
– Fertilization is important to a new lawn. We recommend the “New Lawn Starter Box” from Lawnifi™. This Box consists of a state-of-the-art liquid fertilizer specifically designed to help your lawn establish a sustainable root system. Your new lawn is working hard enough to establish roots. Applying a granular fertilizer will make your new grass unnecessarily work overtime trying to process the nutrients. In contrast, by using a liquid fertilizer that has been specifically designed for this purpose, your new lawn will be able to synthesize the nutrients it needs without any added stress. The “New Lawn Starter Box” from Lawnifi contains (3) bottles. Follow the directions for best results.
– “When can I mow?” is a common question for all new lawn owners. You should mow as soon as your lawn has put down sufficient roots, such that you will have some difficulty pulling up individual pieces of sod. Quality sod laid during the active growing season that has received proper care and nutrition should be able to be mowed between 10 and 14 days after being laid. When you mow, be sure to set your mower to the highest setting so that you are only removing the tops of the leaf blades. If you start mowing and pieces of your new lawn start coming up, you either have your mower set too low, or your sod has not put down sufficient roots. Stop immediately and wait a few more days.
To recap, water twice a day for the first ten days and then transition to around 1 inch per week of total water from rainfall and irrigation as your lawn needs it. Monitor your lawn to ensure that it is not drying up, paying close attention to the edges, as these are the most susceptible.
Fertilize your lawn with a fertilizer specifically made for new lawns (New Lawn Starter Box from Lawnifi) to quickly establish healthy roots. You can begin a regular Lawnifi fertilization schedule a month after establishment.
Lastly, mow your lawn when it is ready. During the growing season, wait 14 days or so and then mow at the highest setting on your mower.
To download a printable PDF copy of more detailed instruction of how to care for your new lawn for the first six weeks, click here: