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Care of New Bermuda Sod

Bermuda sod is ideal if you have a sunny yard and want a quick new lawn. This grass is well-known for durability and fast growth; however, like all sod, new Bermuda needs a little extra care until it is established. Preferably you (or the hired landscapers) fertilized the soil before laying the new sod. Fertilizing is one thing you should not worry about with your new sod (in fact, it‘s easy to burn new grass with too much fertilizer)--however, watering is absolutely essential.

Use a sprinkler to water new Bermuda sod as soon as you’ve planted it in your yard. Like most plants, this grass needs to be kept moist until it has taken a firm hold to the soil. Give it a good, deep watering so water goes down beneath the sod to the soil below.

Water after planting at least every day to 2 days, as recommended by Do this until the grass has developed good roots in the soil beneath the sod and then give it at least 1 to 2 inches of water per week. You may need to water more or less, depending on the weather--if grass starts looking brown and wilted, water more frequently.

Mow your new Bermuda sod when it reaches a height of about 2 to 2 1/2 inches, as suggested by Cut only 1/4 inch off each time you mow (the entire season), for best results.

Tip suggests cutting back on the water for several days prior to mowing. This helps dry the soil so you aren’t mowing over soft, muddy sod (which could cause gouges in the lawn).

Warning warns you should avoid heavy traffic (walking) on new sod during the first few weeks. They also warn that if you see gaps forming between the sod pieces, this means the sod is shrinking due to too little water--increase watering if this occurs.

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