How to Care for Newly Sodded Ground

Overview

Starting a new lawn can be a demanding job, but the rewards are worth it to see a healthy, lush green lawn in the end. Sodding a lawn can be a little more time-consuming and difficult than seeding a lawn, but as long as you care for it properly after laying it down, you can start having a lush lawn almost immediately. There are some key things to keep in mind about caring for a newly sodded lawn.

Step 1

Roll the new sod with a half-full water roller to make sure the sod gets ideal root contact with the soil. This will also eliminate air pockets. If you notice gaps in between the sod, which there most likely will be some, add good-quality compost soil and some grass seed.

Step 2

Water the newly sodded lawn every day for 6 weeks after you lay it down. This will make sure it is fully established. Each time you water it, you want the water to seep at least 6 inches down, so make sure to have the watering last around 10 to 15 minutes each time. After a few weeks, the grass roots in the sod should start growing into the soil.

Step 3

Don't mow the lawn until the sod is firmly rooted. You can check this by trying to pull up a corner of the sod, and if it refuses to come up, it is established.

Step 4

Fertilize your newly sodded ground about 5 to 7 weeks after laying it down with a fertilizer that is specific to your type of grass sod, as well as your region and climate.

Step 5

Protect your lawn from heavy traffic for at least 2 weeks after laying it down. Do this by putting up a fence or a sign, or advising your family, friends or neighbors to not walk on the sod.

Things You'll Need

  • New sod
  • Water roller
  • Compost soil
  • Grass seed
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Fence or sign

References

  • Caring for New Sod
  • Tips for New Sod
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