Prompt and proper watering is critical to the survival of your new turf lawn.  How well you water in the beginning will determine how well your turf survives in the years to come.

A few helpful tips:

1.     Immediately after installation, water your new turf lawn heavily to insure a deep soaking no matter what time of day or night it is.  To make sure you have watered enough, peel back a corner of the strip of sod to make sure the water has gone all the way through the strip and is running out on the soil below. If not continue to water until you see the water running out on the soil.  

2.     The next day try to water in the early morning to take advantage of less humidity, heat and stress on the turf at that time of day so the water can be absorbed quickly by the sod and again water heavily and check to make sure the soil under the sod is wet.  Try to stay with an early morning watering schedule if possible.  Limit watering on hot or humid evenings as the environment for fungus and mold may exist.

3.     Continue watering for the next two weeks in this manner depending on the weather, if rain falls consider that a bonus and may allow you to skip a day of your own watering depending on how much rain falls.  Don’t want to drown out the roots of the sod with too much water but have to make sure the roots are receiving enough water too.  Don’t ever let the sod / roots dry out, the strips will shrink up and leave a gap between them.

4.     If weather is unusually hot, dry or windy may have to continue watering beyond the recommended two week period until the weather breaks.

5.     An underground irrigation system is ideal for watering but a sprinkler connected to a hose will work just as well, will have to move the sprinkler around to make sure all areas of the yard are receiving proper water amounts.  Hand watering with an open end hose is not the most effective way to water.

6.      Edges and corners can be easily missed by the sprinkler.  Areas against or near buildings can dry out faster due to reflection of heat from the building and will require careful watering as well.   A windy day can cause the water to evaporate quickly and send it to places other than your yard, may have to reduce the flow of water so it falls closer to the ground instead of high in the air. Pay special attention to these areas and check them often to assure they are receiving adequate water.

7.      Another technique to check to make sure you have watered the turf enough is to take a screwdriver or a thin wooden stick and after you have peeled back a corner, push the instrument down into the soil a few inches, it should go down easily and when you pull it back up there should be moist soil on it.  Touching the turf and pressing down on it and getting  a “squishy” feel to the turf can be helpful,  similar to when a sponge is full of water it is plump  and squishy.

8.      Watering on sloped areas require a little more time and attention. May have to do the watering in shorter time frames and at a slower rate so that there is more time for the water to soak into the soil and not run-off and the grass roots can have a chance to grab at the water as it comes down the slope.

9.      Remember to pin or stake the sod strips into the slope to prevent movement of the strips once the soil gets wet.

10.  Trees and turf will compete for water and nutrients from the soil.  If sod is planted under or very near a tree keep in mind that the tree roots are much bigger and more spread out and will grab at the water and nutrients before the grass roots have a chance.   Not a good idea to plant turf up against a tree trunk or under the drip line of the outer branches.   If not feasible then have to constantly check to make sure the grass is getting enough water which may in some cases result in overwatering for the tree which could kill it.  Best to leave some breathing room between the two and find an alternate ground cover for under and around trees.

11.  Once sod is well established and deeply rooted can decrease amount of watering needed to deep  (heavy) and  infrequent  watering  a couple of times per week.

12.  Lawn will let you know when it needs to be watered, if you see an overall grayish-blue cast to it and it looks wilted and stressed the lawn needs water.


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