Putting in new sod can be an expensive and time-consuming project. It is a big undertaking, and the first few weeks and even months of a newly sodded area are important in its lifespan and beauty. If the sod does not have proper time to establish its root system, it will not last long. One of the most important steps in caring for new sod is regular watering. Sod can be laid in the spring, and the first summer after it has been laid can be very rough. Maintaining a regular watering program, anywhere between once and twice a day during high heat months, is essential.
Another crucial step in new sod care is making sure to mow it the appropriate amount. If you mow too soon, before roots have been deeply established, they can be exposed to the elements and die. Also, cutting the blades too short can cause the sod to be burned by the sun, or make it more susceptible to disease or insects. A good rule of thumb is to wait until the sod has grown to more than twice the length it was when put in. Then the first couple of times you mow, take special care to not mow the sod shorter than three inches. It is also wise to avoid high traffic on the new sod. It can be detrimental to a new lawn to be trampled.
Contact our professionals at Evolve Professional Landscape Management for a free lawn care estimate or free sod installation estimate in Lakeland, Florida. We can get you the lawn you’d like and make sure you understand the best way to care for it.