Caring For Your New Lawn

New Lawns, Sod, or Seed

  • Weeks One to Three. For the first two to three weeks, water 2 to 3 times per day, allowing the water to soak in, especially during hot weather. Apply 1 inch of water, so the soil beneath the sod is moist.
  • Make sure that water is getting to all areas of your new lawn. Corners and edges are easily missed and tend to dry out faster than the center areas. Areas near buildings or retaining walls also tend to dry out faster because of reflected heat.
  • Allow new sod areas to grow four to five inches before mowing. Do not mow shorter than 3 inches.

Existing Lawns

  • Lawns need at least 1 inch of water (from rain or applied water) per week to grow well. Sandy soils generally require more water. Clay or heavy soils hold moisture better, so they require less water. A deep, slow soaking is much better than frequent, light watering because it causes the roots to reach deeper into the soil.
  • The best time to water is early in the morning, while the dew is still on the grass.
  • Mow no shorter than 3 inches.
  • Fescue turf grass is a lower maintenance alternative to our traditional Kentucky bluegrass varieties.

Fertilization

  • September fertilizing is recommended for new sod, however, do not fertilize for the first 60 days after installation.
  • For sod installed in the fall, fertilize in May.
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