The Q&A Archives: New Bermuda Sod

Question: We live in Southern Arizona and have just layed Bermuda Sod. We have been watering every evening and early morning. However, we are still getting some spots that are dying. How can we prevent this and keep the sod healthy?

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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