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Sod Care

Watering Instructions

During the hot summer months, it really helps the grass to soak, soak, soak at least the first 2 to 3 days after installing. 
This saves a lot of water if you soak the the first few days. If water is not applied heavily the first 2 to 3 days, the sod will turn a bluish-gray. If this happens you'll need to water-water-water to bring the sod back to it's healthy state. By applying the extra water at first, it will save both time water. 

Summer Months


• First 2 Weeks - 4 times a day - 10-15 Minutes at 8 am ~ 10 am ~ 1 pm ~ 4 pm

• Third Week - 3 times a day - 10 minutes at 8 am ~ 1 pm ~ 4 pm

• Fourth Week & Beyond - 10 minutes 0nce a day at 8 am

Winter Months


• First 1-2 Weeks - 3 times a day for 10 to 15 minutes at 8 am ~ 11 am ~ 3 pm

• Third Week - Once a day for 10 minutes at 8 am

• Fourth Week & Beyond - 5 to 10 minutes at 8 am

Never water at night, it only brings in turf diseases and bugs.

All lawns are different, some are more sandy and require less water, some have more clay and requires less water.

If your yard starts turning a blue-green color, please don't be alarmed, the sod has started to go into "shock". This is especially

common during the hot summer months. Apply extra water, and the grass will green up again.

If water is not applied soon, the next stage of "shock" the grass will start looking like straw. However, if water is applied,

the grass will green up. It's best to apply water in damaged areas with a garden hose, and soak, soak, soak those areas. 

The only thing that can "kill" the hybrid-bermuda grasses (Tifgreen, Santa Ana.Tifway 419 and Midiron) is lack of sunshine.

They require at least 6 to 8 hours of bright sunlight during the summer months. 

It's best to mow about 10 to 14 days after your sod was installed. If you wait too long you could scalp the grass, the grass

isn't damaged, it'll grow back.



Fertilizing


We recommend fertilizing the soil prior to laying your sod with a 20 Pound Bag (21-7-14) of Lawn Feed Fertilizer you can purchase at your local Big Box Retailer. We recommend fertilizing at a rate of 10 pounds per 1,000 square feet. It's critical that you fertilize right after mowing and giving the newly laid sod a deep soaking of at least 20 to 30 minutes. 

Keep in mind that you can "burn" the grass, if you put too much fertilizer on your lawn and/or don't deep soak area right after you fertilize. You need to soak for at 30 minutes.

In the summer you should fertilize every 6 to 8 weeks and during the winter month's you should fertilize every 8 to 10 weeks.

Don't ever put any weed killer on your grass at any time, it will only kill your grass along with the weeds.

Some of the products available at big box retailers, state that they won't kill the grass. However, in our unique desert
climate, and the grasses that we sell, they're totally different than the grasses in other parts of the country.

If you put weed killer on, it will kill your grass. If your grass is kept healthy and strong, it literally "chokes" out the weeds.

If at any time you have any questions regarding Sod Care, please feel free to contact our sod experts at 480-926-9761.