How do I care for my sod right after it is installed?
One of the most important parts of maintaining sod is to acquire the sod initially from a provider, like Genesis Farms, who cuts the sod as close to the time of installation as possible. Genesis Farms only cuts sod to order, based upon the specifications you provide. This helps to ensure the sod has the greatest chances for optimal root growth after installation takes place.
To ensure proper root growth, you want to water at least one hour at a time, at least twice a day.
The first day your lawn is down, you’ll want to get the sprinklers on as soon as you can and keep water on the sod for at least 5-6 hours. You want to water your sod at least two hours every day about one inch of water per day.
Keep the sod too soggy to walk on for about two weeks. After two weeks you will be able to mow. Make sure you set the mower on the highest setting so you do not crop it too short. After the first two weeks, water as needed.
Make sure you water even if it rains, and you cannot over water! It is best to water early in the morning and late in the evening. You must avoid watering during the heat of the day or you run the risk of burning up your new sod.
To learn more about what it takes to make your sod installation a success, contact one of the experts at Geensis Farms for more information.