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:
Immediately after installation, water your new turf lawn heavily
to insure a deep soaking no matter what time of day or
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
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.
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.
If weather is unusually hot, dry or windy may have to continue
watering beyond the recommended two week period until the
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remember to pin or stake the sod strips into the slope to
prevent movement of the strips once the soil gets wet.
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
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.
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.
NOTE: THE ABOVE HINTS FOR PROPER WATERING ARE INTENDED TO BE
USED WHEN YOU ARE INSTALLING TURF DURING THE SPRING, SUMMER AND
FALL SEASONS. WINTER INSTALLATIONS NORMALLY DO NOT REQUIRE
AS MUCH WATER.