When homeowners spend hundreds and often thousands of dollars in buying and laying down sod in their lawns it can be devastating if the sod does not make it. While we at Atlanta Sod Farms provide high-quality sod varieties that are meant for the Atlanta environment it is up to the homeowners to make sure their sod is getting the care it needs. Without proper care, your sod might not mature and grow to its full potential. If you have made up your mind about laying down sod in your lawn then chances are you are already committed to the care it needs. All you need to know is how to care for your sod to keep it alive during the crucial days and weeks after plantation. Ιn this article, we are going to cover all the things you should do to make sure your sod grows properly and doesn’t dry up so read on.
Tips for how to make sure your sod survives after plantation by Atlanta Sod Company
While most people think that once they have laid down sod it will instantly start growing it is often not the case. After laying down the sod you will have to provide extra care to your sod during the weeks following plantation. At Atlanta sod company we have sod specialists that know the ins and outs of its maintenance and care. So, here are some tips by us that will make sure your sod doesn't dry up after plantation:
Watering: Once the sod has been laid out it will require plenty of water during the initial weeks to grow strong roots and establish itself in the soil. We often get homeowners who fail to water their sod enough which results in it turning pale and yellow that is a clear sign of reduced watering. So, once you lay down new sod it is important to ensure that your lawn doesn't dry up. Especially if you have laid down sod in summer you should make sure that the lawn retains moisture throughout the day. Depending on the type of sod, you may have to water it every 2 or 3 hours if it's installed in the summer to prevent it from drying. In general, you should make sure the lawn does not become dry for the first two weeks following sod installation to make sure it develops properly.
Keep traffic off of the sod: When your sod is installed it takes a few days for it to start developing roots and during this time it is best to keep traffic off the sod. So, make sure your children and pets are not playing in sod or there aren’t any vehicles parked on the sod until it develops roots. Atlanta Sod Farms recommends installing a temporary fence to keep anyone from walking on the sod for a few days after installation.
Don't mow your sod for the first few weeks: Just like you would want to avoid traffic on your sod you should avoid mowing it for the first few weeks as it can put stress on your sod and can damage it. So, it is best to wait for 4 to 5 weeks following sod installation to mow it.
We hope these tips will help you in caring for your lawn after sod installation. Get in touch with us for all your sod needs.