sod - Knowledgebase Question

alameda, Ca
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Question by fedewa23
March 24, 2010
I just planted sod and after two weeks I am noticing some brown spots< I may be overwatering and have a fungus> How do I get rid of and do i replace the sod that is brown or will it come back


Answer from NGA
March 24, 2010
Overwatering or poor soil drainage can cause browning and die out of your new sod so the best approach is to water less frequently. Turfgrass needs to be watered once or twice a week, depending upon weather. Deep soakings are preferable to daily sprinklings. 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. Once you adjust the watering, the lawn should recover.

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