Sod is an essential part of maintaining your lawn. Set grass retains water better, but what about sod? Watering your sod in a timely manner helps it stay hydrated and enriches the grass, which needs the right amount of water and nutrients in order to thrive.
Stick to Your Schedule
Once you have settled on a watering schedule for your sod, be sure to stick to it. People are creatures of habit, and it isn’t too much of a stretch to say that your grass, sod, and garden are as well. When sod is still brand new, you need to add one inch of water every other day. Be sure to water earlier in the day – this gives more time for the water to absorb without inviting the possibility of mold or fungus growth.
Check the Moisture
Another idea is to monitor the amount of water and moisture that you use. Check on moisture levels every day, even if you don’t want every day. Adjusting your amounts could make the difference between a flooded lawn, a wilting one, or one that looks emerald green and lush even when it is scorching outside.
In Hotter Climates
June isn’t typically the time of year we associate with temperatures pushing triple digits. However, that conversation is neither here nor there. In hotter climates, you might need to water twice a day. Luckily, there hasn’t been a true heatwave or any drought conditions in either Maryland or Delaware. At least, not yet. It typically makes sense to water the lawn and sod every other day, but this task becomes even more important in summer and spring than in fall and winter.
After Roots Sink In
After the sod takes root, you don’t have to worry about watering it as often. That said, you should still pay attention to its condition until the lawn has had several months or even a year to settle. So if you plant your lawn now, you might have to wait until June of 2021 to see results. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Give the sod three weeks or so for the roots to fully develop. During that time, you need to monitor it carefully. Oversaturated sod is just as bad as undersaturated. Whenever you do water, be sure to water deeply. Just don’t do it too often – even though this sounds counterintuitive, it actually benefits the grass and sod because the roots grow deeper to find more moisture.
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