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Grass and Sod Care Tips

Landscaping Sod and Grass Care Tips

Watering your newly laid sod

  • Begin watering new turf grass sod within a half hour after it is laid on the soil. Apply at least 1 inch of water so that the soil beneath the turf is wet.
  • 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 to 4 inches or you need to apply more water.
  • Make sure that 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 than the center portion of your lawn. Also, areas near buildings dry out faster because of reflected heat and may require more water.
  • Runoff may occur on some soils and sloped areas before the soil is adequately moist. To conserve water and ensure 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 this start and stop process, until proper soil moisture is achieved. For the next two weeks keep the below-turf soil surface moist with daily or more frequent watering. ESPECIALLY hot, dry or windy periods which will necessitate increased watering amounts and frequency.
  • As the turf starts to knit its new roots into the soil, it will be difficult; impossible to pull back a corner to check beneath the turf, but you can still use a sharp tool to check moisture depth by pushing it through the turf and into the soil.
  • Water as early in the morning as possible to take advantage of the daily start of the grass's normal growing cycle, this helps with water evaporation.
  • Infrequent and deep watering is preferred to frequent and shallow watering because the roots only grow as deeply as its most frequently available water supply. Deeply rooted grass has a larger "soil-water bank" to draw moisture from and this will help the grass survive drought and hot weather that rapidly dries out the upper soil layer.
  • Water New Turf grass Sod: Proper watering techniques are a critical aspect of lawn watering, equal in importance to the issues of when to water and how much to water. Here are several key factors to proper technique:
  • Avoid hand sprinkling it cannot provide necessary uniformity and most people do not have the patience, or time to adequately measure what is being applied across any larger areas of the lawn. The only exception to this guideline would be the need to syringe the surface of the grass to cool it or to provide additional water near buildings or their heat-reflecting surfaces. Inground systems require professional design and installation and they require routine adjustments and regular maintenance to be most effective and efficient. A mistake made with most in-ground systems is the "set it and forget it" philosophy that fails to account for the changing seasonal water requirements to maximize turf grown or even allowing the system to operate during or following a multi-inch rain storm. Another frequent problem is when heads get out of alignment and apply water to the sidewalk, street or house-siding, rather than to the lawn. Sprinklers that do not throw the water high into the air are usually more efficient because prevailing winds are less disruptive or distribution patterns, the potential for evaporation loss is reduced and trees, and shrubs and other plants do not block the pattern. Routine maintenance to check for blocked outlets, leaking or missing gaskets, or mis-aligned sprinkler heads is important of sprinkler design. Select sprinklers and systems for uniformity of coverage across whatever area they are designed to water. Inexpensive hose-end sprinklers and in-ground irrigation systems can provide uniform coverage, but they can also be extremely variable and inconsistent in their coverage patterns. Verify watering uniformity can be·accomplished with a very simple method that uses 4 to 6 flat-bottomed, straight-sided cans (tuna fish, cat food, etc.) a ruler and a watch.


Follow these steps.

  1. Arrange the cans at random distances away from any sprinkler, but all within the area you assume is being covered,
  2. Run the sprinkler for a specific amount of time, say a half-hour or run the water until a specific amount of water is in at least one can, say a½ inch or {1.5 cm).
  3. Measure the amount of water in each can, checking for uniformity. Some variation is expected,but a difference of 10-percent or more between any two cans must be addressed by replacing or adjusting the sprinkler or relocating the system: This measuring method should be used across an entire lawn that has an in-ground irrigation system to assure maximum coverage and uniformity/


How much water is applied and needed:

The amount of water your lawn requires and receives will determine its overall health, beauty and ability to withstand use and drought. Keep in mind that too much water can ruin a lawn just as fast as too little. One inch a week is the standard water requirements established for most lawns. There will also be varying water requirements of seasonal changes and still more difference brought about because of different soil types. Look at your lawn to determine its water needs. Grass in need of water will have a grey-blue cast to it, rather than a blue-green or green color. Also, foot prints will still appear after a half-hour or more on a lawn in need of water, while on well-watered lawn foot-prints will completely disappear within minutes. Use a soil probe, such as screwdriver or large spike to determine how dry your lawn is. If the probe can be pushed into the soil easily it's probably still moist, but if it takes a lot of pressure to push in, it's time to water. Verify watering quantities with the same measuring can method described above, except you will want to note the time it takes for the cans to collect a specific amount of water. For example, if .25 inches collects in 30 minutes, you can easily calculate that it will take one hour to apply .5 inches of water or two hours to apply 1 inch. Other units measure the number of gallons of water flowing through it. Knowing that 600 gallons per 1,000 square feet equals' one-inch of water will help you calculate the timer settings your lawn will require.

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