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Our Expert Tips on How to Prevent New Sod from Turning Yellow

If you have a dull, brown patch of bare dirt that you wish to transform into a lush green lawn, then sod is the fastest way to turn this into an attractive patch. Although sod looks spectacular when it’s new, the expense of green can soon become spotted, or end up turning yellow within a short time. As a homeowner in Atlanta, if you invest in new sod and do not take care of it properly, it can lead to poor installation issues, and tarnish afterwards.

As experienced experts in sod farms in Atlanta, we would like to guide you on yellowing of new sod as well as how to take care of it. Yellowing of sod could be salvageable, and sometimes not, but you have to still understand what the cause of the problem is, and how to avoid it upon installation. Based on our experience, with years of supplying the best sod to clients across Atlanta, we would like to give you an insight into the common causes of sod yellowing. Some of these could change the color of the sod, even before its installation.

Make Sure to Give the New Sod Enough Water

If you fail to give the sod enough water or fail to water it often after installation, or leave it to dry while it’s in the waiting for installation, yellowing is a common sight. Whenever this happens, just stop and water the new or freshly laid sod after few pieces so it doesn’t dry out completely. To water the sod, we suggest that you consult us. However, the standard recommendation is to water it at least once in a day, but preferably, it is best to water it twice in a day. This should help until the ground soil becomes soft enough for a tool to penetrate through easily, such as a screwdriver. Soon after installation, skipping even a day could eventually result in yellowing, just within a matter of a few hours. Hence, while waiting to install the sod, it is best to water it from the edges to prevent drying out.

Avoid Over Fertilization of the Sod

Once you have the new sod installed, you may be tempted to give it some extra feeding by spreading more fertilizer within the growth stage in the first week. However, excessively fertilizing of the sod will only lead to the sod turning yellow, die back and turn brown eventually. Sometimes, using slow-release fertilizers can also be too strong for new sod, and this will only burn the roots. Right after installation, you need to understand that the sod would absorb the fertilizer properly, so you should wait for a month at least, or two before you give the sod more feed.

Do Not Overwater the Sod

While new sod would need an inch of water once or twice in a day, this amount of water can pose to be harmful to sod lawn that’s a week older or two weeks older. You have to reduce the amount of watering as the roots grow, so it won’t lead to waterlogging of the new and delicate growth. Eventually, you should cut down the watering to once a day and then skip a day. Once the sod is three weeks old, you can alter the watering to three days, and then a complete week. With weekly watering, the sod would be able to retain enough moisture and grow steadily without the problem of waterlogging. Overwatering will only lead to the grass turning yellow in patches and eventually the roots will die.

At Atlanta Sod Farms, we specialize in the supply of different quality sod to beautify your property. For more details on our sod types, please get in touch with us today.


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