Sod is great for covering large areas or bare spots in the lawn. RankerLAWN service reps are trained how to properly install sod. If your lawn has large patches of area that is not covered in grass, or if over 50% of the grass is covered with weeds it may be best to consider having sod installed.
Sod that is not properly installed will become brittle and burn out. Additionally if it is not applied correctly it may never take root which eventually will also lead to it dying out due to it not receiving proper water and nutrients. RankerLAWN crews will prepare the soil. Take soil test to determine if the proper nutrients are in the soil, as well as properly fertilize and water the sod after sod installation.
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Sod is perishable and must be watered deeply after installation.
As a general rule, set irrigation for 6am, 12pm and 4pm. (On hot, sunny days 3 watering cycles may not be enough).
Allow the lawn to dry before sunset to avoid potential disease.
Continue watering cycle daily until the seed has germinated. Generally within 21 days.
If the seedlings dry out too much during this time, they will not grow successfully.
In the first 3 weeks, don’t worry about weed growth, this provides fertility in the soil and can be treated once the lawn is established.
Proper watering is essential to rooting of your new sod. It is nearly impossible to over water new sod the first week. As a general rule, keep sod and soil moist all throughout the day. As much as 2 to 6 waterings during the day might be required until sod begins to root. Adjust this time / frequency for location, sprinklers and temperature.
Do your best to stay off new sod until after the first mowing. Yes you can walk on it. What we are concerned about the most is creating ‘ankle buster’ divots in the saturated soil below the sod.
Try cutting back on the frequency of irrigations just before the first mow to firm up the soil.
First mow is usually 14 days after installation except in the winter, which will require a longer time before the first mowing.
MOW HIGH! This is least stressful to the new sod. Try to never mow off more than 1/3 of grass blade.
Re-Adjust your watering clock or timer. Reduce frequency of watering cycles gradually after each mowing, while increasing minutes per watering.
Deeper, less frequent soakings will help roots grown down deeper and establish more quickly.
You can always pull or tug on the new turf in order to check rooting.
Fertilize your new sod lawn at one to two months to continue rooting and establishment.
SOD NOT ROOTING? – Most sod varieties will begin to root within 10 to 14 days. Check watering schedule and adjust to depper, less frequent soaking. Excessive shade will also slow down rooting.
Bluish-grey spots on lawn or footprints show after being walked on – Drought stressed spots in the lawn. Try increasing minutes per watering and check or adjust sprinkler coverage.
Mushrooms? – Temporary nuisance, usually growing in compost mixed into the soil at preparation. As waterings get deeper and less often, mushrooms usually dry up and wither away.
Edges turning brown and/or gaps between rolls? – Sod is shrinking or has pulled up at the corners. Due to lack of water! Increase minutes per watering and frequency to minimize gaps. Also, hand watering sod will help shrink gaps. Press down edges with foot after watering.