Although the coronavirus has impacted spring social gatherings and activities, Mother Nature
continues her handiwork outside. Grass is growing, flowers are blooming, and there has never
been a better time to invest in your yard and increase curb appeal. Sod is a great solution to
update your lawn but it is important to understand the following guidelines so that you do not
waste your time or money.
- Sod Selection
Before doing anything, it is important to decide on the type of grass that best fits your
yard. Real Green Turf offers a number of sods that adapt well to the mid-Atlantic
climate: Tifway 419 Bermuda, Centipede, Mercedes St. Augustine, and Zenith Zoysia.
- Sod Watering
Once your sod has been installed, it is important to water it twice a day – once in the
morning and then again in the evening – for the first 10-14 days. New sod requires
plenty of water to take root and become established, but giving it too much water can
be as bad as giving it too little. Grass roots will drown and rot in waterlogged soil, and
not giving it enough water will cause the leaf blades to dry out and discolor. If you spot
signs that new sod is doing either of these things, adjust your watering schedule. Also,
be sure to not walk on it too much during this time.
- Sod Fertilization
Much like with any plant, fertilization is an important step in sod maintenance. We
recommend the Lawnifi™ Starter Box which consists of a state-of-the-art
liquid fertilizer specifically designed to help your lawn establish a sustainable root
system. Applying a liquid fertilizer instead of one that is granular will help your sod
process vital nutrients without added stress.
- Sod Mowing
There is no need to mow your sod for the first two weeks. Once it has put down
sufficient roots, such that you have some difficulty pulling up individual pieces of sod,
mowing can occur. To ensure that you are only removing the tops of the leaf blades, be
sure to set the mower to the highest setting. If your new lawn starts coming up, you
either have your mower set too low or your sod has not put down sufficient roots. Stop
mowing immediately and wait a few more days.
- Sod Questions
Congratulations on choosing high quality sod from Real Green Turf! Should you have
any questions or need to order additional products, please call us for more information.