The Q&A Archives: New Sod Care

Question: Hello,
I live in Michigan and my sod was planted in November just before the snow. I've now been able to put the sod on a reg. watering plan and will soon need to fertilize. The sod is Kentucky Blue. I don't know which type of fertilizer is best and I live on a lake front. I also need to know if anytype of weed killer or bug spray can be used on the sod or should I wait until next year.

Answer: Sod is relatively easy to care for: You should keep a regular watering schedule for your sod lawn for at least one full summer season to ensure that the roots go deep and stay healthy. Deeper, less frequent soakings will help roots grow down deeper and establish more quickly into the soil. Plan on watering twice a week, giving your lawn a total of one inch of water per week. Since your sod was installed in late early fall, you will want to put your lawn on a regular feeding schedule: April, June, September and November. When applying the chemical fertilizer, apply it to dry sod and then thoroughly water the sod to allow for maximum absorption of the fertilizer. Use a 3-1-2 ratio of NPK. I've found that just the right fertilizer blend for just the right application time usually goes on sale in garden centers so watch for the sales and apply what they offer. You can use a weed and feed product if you like. Most are included in a fertilizer blend. Be sure to mow regularly enough to avoid taking off more than one third of the leaf blades each time you mow. Enjoy your lawn.

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