Answer: You want to make sure that the roots aren't drying out. New sod is best watered 4 times daily for the first 2 weeks, for 5 to 10 minutes each duration according to Desert Landscaping for Beginners (Arizona Master Gardener Press). Suggested schedule is 8 and 11 a.m. and 2 and 5 p.m. For the 3rd week, reduce watering to 1 time daily, for 15 to 20 minutes between 10 and 3 p.m. After 21 days, the roots should be established and a normal watering schedule (2-3 times per week in summer) can start. Water should then soak 8 to 10 inches deep, which is the depth of Bermuda roots.
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