The Q&A Archives: New Sod

Question: We recently planted new grass in our yard and 2 days later, it's turning yellow. Does watering the grass in the midday sun cause it to burn?

Answer: Yellowing can be caused by many reasons, but lack of water at the roots is probably the most common. Yellowing is not a good sign, and watering at mid day would cause it. (The reason it is best to water early in the morning is there is less evaporation then.) New sod requires good soil preparation and good installation technique as well as good follow up care to become established and thrive. I would suggest you contact your retailer if your sod is not doing well. Since it is already installed, the best you can do at this point is be sure to keep it watered so that the soil stays evenly moist (not sopping wet but damp) while it becomes rooted. This can mean watering daily in hot weather. You may need to water, wait a few hours, then dig down and see how far the water went -- the soil below the sod needs to be damp or the roots will not grow into it. Good luck with your sod!

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