If we just installed sod for you, carefully follow these watering instructions. Listed below is your daily watering schedule.
• Water once to twice daily to keep the “carpet” moist, and prevent it from drying out.
• At this stage you are keeping the carpet alive.
• You can peel back the sod to see how deep you are watering (hint: you do not need to water a lot)
• It can dry out on windy, sunny and/or warm days, AND in areas missed by the sprinkler.
• Watering in the morning is best; night watering can promote fungus growth.
• As the sod goes from wet to dry during the day, seams may open between the sod pieces.
You can walk on the seams when walking across your lawn to get them to knit.
• Water once to twice daily, but longer now in order to moisten the soil beneath the sod down to about 3″.
• This will encourage downward root growth.
• You can still lift a corner of some pieces of sod to see how deep you are watering.
• Give extra water to any brown areas you might see.
• As the sod goes from wet to dry during the day, seams may open between sod pieces.
You can walk on the seams when walking across your lawn.
Weeks Three and Four:
• Water every 3 days, but longer now in order to moisten the soil beneath the sod down to
• All the sod should be “knit” by now (rooted into the soil).
• During week five, set your mower blade as high as possible and mow once. Water if needed and
allow to grow one more week before starting your weekly mowing.
Other rules of thumb:
• NO FERTILIZERS OR PESTICIDES within the first 2 months (unless they are organic
• DO NOT OVER water—this is actually worse than underwatering. If you miss a day, you
cannot make up for it by watering more…just try to keep the moisture across the sod
• If you walk on the lawn to move the hose and it feels squishy, you have watered too