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Typical Sod Problems And How To Avoid Them

16 Jul Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Typical Sod Problems And How To Avoid Them
Typical Sod Problems And How To Avoid Them
 

When installing a new lawn, people have two major options. They can either lay sod, which is sprouted grass in a bed of compact soil, or they can plant seeds. Both options have their upsides and downsides. Assuming you have chosen to use sod, there are some easy ways to make sure it grows healthily.

Sod installation needs to be done on properly prepared soil. No matter how healthy your sod is or how well you take care of it after installation, it will not thrive on poor soil. Soil preparation for sod installation means testing and sometimes treating the soil to establish the correct pH, as well as adding organic matter if it is lacking.

Choosing the right type of sod is important, as well. All grasses need a fair amount of sun, but some can grow in partial shade while others cannot. A lot of sod is primarily Kentucky bluegrass, which needs full sun. Other types of turf grass can be grown in these environments successfully, however.

The sod used to establish your lawn should be very fresh, ideally cut no more than 36 hours before installation. Immediately after installation, it should be thoroughly watered, and tamped down once it is dry. Tamping removes air pockets which might prevent proper rooting from taking place.

Watering immediately after the sod is installed is different than in the long term. For the first three weeks or so until the roots are established, water about 1 inch every 2-3 days. This can be measured by putting out a cup or tin to catch some of the water as it falls. Many people water too much at this point, but you don’t want your sod floating. After three weeks, use more water but less often.

People often assume that lawns need lots of water and fertilizer. However, when it comes to proper lawn care, more is not necessarily better. Using fertilizers according to their instructions once or twice a year and watering an established lawn every 4-7 days will help keep it in good shape. Avoid mowing your lawn too short, or alternatively, never mowing it at all, as both will decrease the health of your grass. About 2 inches is the ideal length for a healthy lawn.