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Watering Tips:

The first watering of newly installed turfgrass sod is the most important. Begin watering IMMEDIATELY after installation of the new turfgrass. The first watering establishes how well the grass will perform for years to come. We usually recommend watering every day for the first 10 days.

When to Water New TurfWhen to Water New Turfgrass Sod

It is essential to begin watering new turfgrass sod within a half hour after it is laid on the soil. Apply at least 1 in of water so that the soil beneath the turf is very wet. Ideally the soil is 3 to 4 in. below the surface will be moist.


Watering tip #1: pull back a corner of the turf and push a screwdriver or other sharp tool into the soil. It should push in easily and have moisture along the first 3-4 in. or you need to apply more water.


Watering Tip #2: make absolutely certain that the water is getting to all areas of your new lawn, regardless of the type of sprinkling system you use. Corners and edges are easily missed by many sprinklers and are particularly vulnerable to drying out faster that the center portion of your new lawn. Also, areas near buildings, dry out faster because of reflected heat and may require more water.


Watering Tip #3: runoff may occur on some soils and sloped areas before the soil is adequately moist. To conserve water and insure adequate soak-in, turn off the water when runoff begins, wait 30 minutes to an hour and restart the watering on the same area, repeating as needed.


Watering Tip #4: as the turf starts to knit its new roots into the soil, it will be difficult, impossible and/or harmful to pull back a corner to check beneath the turf (Watering T