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Maintaining Fresh Sod

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If you need help caring for fresh sod, we have a few suggestions to help you grow a healthy, green lawn.

Taking care of your lawn is a common pastime for homeowners everywhere. Knowing when to water, when to mow, and even when to start over with new sod is expected. If you recently installed fresh sod on your land, there are some essential care tips you should keep in mind. Working with a professional lawn care company ensures your new sod has the best chance of survival. If you need help caring for fresh sod, we have a few suggestions to help you grow a healthy, green lawn.

Watering Fresh Sod

It’s important to water fresh sod slowly and evenly to avoid creating puddles. If you notice any pests on or around the sod, take the appropriate measures to get rid of them. Finally, make sure to water each square of sod thoroughly until all the water is absorbed to avoid any root damage. Keep sod healthy and happy by watering to suit your garden’s watering schedule and climate!

Water sod in the morning and at night before the sun comes out. Make sure to water from top of the sod downwards- this will help avoid root rot. Never overwater sod, as this can cause it to die prematurely.

Don’t Walk on Fresh Sod

Another important sod care tip is not walking on it too early. You should keep pets, children, and everyone else off of newly planted sod until at least the first mowing. Watering your sod at regular intervals helps the roots establish themselves, and until they are firmly entrenched, your sod is vulnerable. Walking on the sod before the roots have been established can cause root failure or poor rooting.

When to Mow Fresh Sod

Start mowing your lawn about a week after installation. This gives it enough time to establish strong roots. If possible, use a walk-behind power mower with the cutting set to 3 inches high Riding mowers are too heavy, and the powered wheels can tear up new sod, so stick to push ones. After about three weeks, you can resume regular mowing. This is typically when sod fully roots. For best results, keep the mower blades sharp and never cut more than ⅓ of the grass blade per mowing.

Increase your mowing in spring and fall since grass grows the most during those times. You can also leave grass clippings on the lawn, which returns nutrients to the soil.

Get Your Yard Ready for Spring!

Since our inception from a humble 30-acre field to over 4,500 acres of turf grasses, Quantico Creek Sod Farm is now the LARGEST SOD FARM IN THE TRI-STATE AREA. Our service areas cover Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC Delaware, Virginia and Northern North Carolina. Order early and order often to ensure the best service possible. Contact us through our online page. Please find us at 27616 Little Lane, Salisbury, Maryland 21801. Our phone number is 410-726-6103, and our fax number is 410-742-6550. Speak to Jason Anderson for Turf Grass Sales. Reach him by email at Finally, follow us on social media on Facebook, LinkedIn, and our blog

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