How to Fertilize New Bermuda Sod
When installing Bermuda sod, it is essential to prepare the soil with nutrient-rich amendments and a starter fertilizer. However, after four to six weeks of watering most of those nutrients applied during the installation process will have percolated deeper into the soil and fresh fertilizer will be needed to give the sod a boost of nutrients.
Select a granular lawn fertilizer product with a complete formulation and a guaranteed analysis of 2-1-1 or 4-1-3 that delivers roughly up to but no more than one pound of nitrogen for every 1000 square feet of sod expanse. Consult the product label to determine the amount of fertilizer to use for your square footage of Bermuda grass.
Set the drop spreader aperture in accordance with the advice on the fertilizer product label. Walk the drop spreader filled with the proper dose of fertilizer granules over the sod working from one edge of the lawn to the other. Disengage the spreader while turning and overlap each pass by an inch or two to ensure complete coverage and prevent stripes on the lawn.
Water the fertilizer granules into the sod gently to settle them near the soil surface between the blades where they can go to work. Maintain lightly moist sod at all times with several light watering sessions a week until the sod is completely knitted in to the soil below then switch to once or twice weekly deep waterings.
Fertilize New Sod?
Sod has the ability to almost immediately transform a landscape, creating an attractive, usable surface long before a lawn started from seed. Fertilize new sod for the first time about six weeks after laying the sod. Apply fertilizer as recommended by the results of a soil test or broadcast a slow-release, granular fertilizer with a 10-10-10 or similar formula at a rate of no more than 1 pound nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. If the sod struggled to become established and was slow to root, wait to fertilize the sod until about four weeks after new growth appeared or the sod rooted securely.
- Granular lawn fertilizer 2-1-1 or 4-1-3
- Drop spreader
- Garden hose with spray head attachment
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