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What is the Ideal Watering Schedule for New Sod?

Newly installed sod is a great addition to any home or business property as it offers an instant transformation of a once barren area into a lush and lively space with a carpet of green, healthy grass. This is especially the case after construction of a patio, walkway or retaining wall. However, many property owners make the mistake of over-watering, under-watering, or having an inconsistent watering schedule and even just weeks after new landscaping is installed, this element of their outdoor space can look less than desirable or even die out. In this post, we will discuss the ideal watering schedule for new sod to help you achieve a healthy lawn.

Watering Frequency

The first two weeks after installing new sod are critical to its survival. During this time, the sod needs less frequent but deeper watering to establish itself. Under typical Minnesota summer weather new sod should be watered twice per day for the first 2-3 weeks. After that, water once per day for another 1-2 weeks, then a regular schedule of every other day once routine lawn maintenance begins.

Time of Day

It’s ideal to water in the early morning and then again in the early evening for the first couple weeks. Then when dropping to once per day, pre-dawn watering is best as it gives the soil the ability to absorb the water while reducing the chance for fungus to sprout because the sun will rise and dry the grass blades.

Water Volume

The amount of water used during each watering session is critical in establishing a healthy lawn. During the initial phase, the grass should be watered heavily with at least 1 inch of water per session to promote deep root growth. This deep root growth will help the grass withstand drought and pest infestations. Once the grass is established, watering can eventually be reduced to 1 inch of water per week.

Soil Type

The type of soil determines the lawn’s irrigation needs. Clay soils need less frequent watering than sandy soils as they retain more water. Sandy soils require more water as they drain quickly, leading to faster evaporation at the surface.

Get Your Dream Backyard with Help From Peters’ Patio & Landscape

Watering new sod sounds like a simple task but it requires careful attention and consistency to achieve the desired results. By following the above tips, we are confident that you will achieve a healthy, robust lawn that offers a great place for family and friends to relax during outdoor gatherings. If you’re ready to transform your backyard into a picturesque outdoor living space, contact the team at Peters’ Patio & Landscape today to schedule a consultation.

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