dying, dry sod - Knowledgebase Question

palm bay, Fl
Question by asinthiagord
July 22, 2010
just resodded formt lawn 2-3 months ago and it is dying. This will be the second time resodding. I water ot 2-3 times a week. Fertilizer was added at least 2 weeks after planting. Too much water or not enough???


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Answer from NGA
July 22, 2010

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New sod shouldn't die in 2=3 months unless there is an underlying problem with the soil or the water you apply is not soaking down and wetting the entire rootmass. In your area the soil is probably sandy. Sandy soils provide excellent drainage but without some compost or other organic matter incorporated into the soil before you lay your sod, it can drain too fast and leave the roots of the grass high and dry. Turfgrass needs to be watered once or twice a week, depending upon weather. Plan on applying one inch of water per week to your lawn. You can measure how much water your sprinklers put out by setting some empty cat food or tuna cans on the lawn and running the sprinklers. Start with running them for 15 mintues and then checking to see how much water has collected in the can. Your goal is a half inch if you water twice a week or one inch if you water once a week. The time it takes to deliver the proper amount of water is the length of time you should run your sprinklers. If water begins to run off the lawn before you get the required amount of water in the cans, plan on running for a while, turning the water off to allow it to soak in, then turning the water back on until the sprinklers have run for the correct amount of time. Try adjusting your watering and your turf should green up. Hope it does soon!

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