Care of New Sod - Knowledgebase Question

Holly, Mi
Question by honolulubaby
April 15, 2009
I live in Holly, MI. where it snows for the better part of winter. Last year, prior to the first snow we had our lake front and road front yards sodded. We were told that the sod would lay dormant for the winter, which it did. I don't know what type of sod it is, but I really need to know how to properly care for the sod. When and how often should I fertilize,water and basic care??

Answer from NGA
April 15, 2009


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 summer/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. 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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