Laying down sod doesn’t necessarily mean that you will automatically end up with a perfect-looking yard. You still have to put in some effort to make sure your newly laid sod makes it through the first few weeks of its life. While it requires much less care than seeding a lawn, at Atlanta Sod Farms, we still make sure our customers understand the new sod care needs. Our team strives to ensure that customers get the highest quality sod for their lawns. However, without proper care, new sod is susceptible to diseases and can even dry out. Luckily caring for new sod doesn’t require much work unless you are dealing with a huge yard. So, if you are planning on laying down new sod or just bought a new one but aren’t sure how to care for it, then you are at the right spot. We have created this helpful article to explain how you can care for your newly laid sod, so read on.
New sod care tips by Atlanta sod company
Installing sod is a precise process, and newly laid sod is most susceptible to drying out and disease. So, it is crucial to make sure to take proper care of your new sod. Here is how you can care for your new sod as per our Atlanta sod company:
Prevent the roots of your sod from going into shock: Unlike seeding, when you are laying down sod, you are transplanting grass from one location to another. So, it is essential to provide the sod roots with the best possible conditions to prevent root shock. Generally, root shock occurs when the soil temperature is too high or if the soil doesn’t contain enough moisture. So ideally, you would want to make sure that you are watering your new sod multiple times a day during the first month to make sure the roots don’t experience root shock. It is essential to keep in mind that summer installed sod has higher watering needs than sod installed during other seasons. So, it is best to get in touch with our experts at Atlanta Sod Farms regarding the care needs of different types of sod available at our farm.
Prevent overwatering: Now, while sod needs plenty of water to ensure proper root development and prevent drying, it is possible to overwater your grass. Since new sod has a concise and underdeveloped root system, it can’t retain excess water, and if you overwater it, you will be robbing your new sod’s roots of the precious oxygen they need to grow. So, while your goal is to keep the grass from drying, make sure you are not overwatering it. An excellent way to make sure you aren’t overwatering your sod is to inspect the soil after 5 minutes of watering, and if the soil is soggy instead of damp, it is a clear sign that you are overwatering the sod and need to lower the frequency.
Avoid walking on new sod: While you will be tempted to start walking and doing activities on your new sod, it is imperative to keep walking and activities off the new sod. Generally, you should be able to walk on new sod after the first mowing.
Are you looking for a new sod installation? We at Atlanta Sod Farm are your one-stop-shop for all your sod needs.