How Often Do You Water New Sod?

Newly laid sod must be closely maintained, and this can be intimidating for a lot of homeowners. Thankfully, at Sod Depot, we are committed to helping our customers get the best lawn possible which means we provide tips and tools to keep your lawn looking beautiful even after our job is done.

Whether you are looking for sod for sale or you have other lawn needs, we are the experts you’ve been searching for.

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While there are general rules of thumb, there are going to be circumstances wherein you will need to water more or less according to your climate or other issues. Generally, when you have new sod laid down, you will want to make sure that you water it twice a day for at least twenty to thirty minutes. This is to ensure that you are providing enough water to the sod to go six inches down.

When to water is another concern altogether. You have to make sure that you water twice a day and you want to make sure that these waterings are sufficiently spaced out. Ideally, you would water once in the morning and again in the late afternoon.

You never want to water in the evenings. This is because the excess water will not have time to evaporate and will cause disease or fungus.

These are loose guidelines, but you must pay attention to the sod to make sure that you are watering it properly. Be sure to spot-check all areas of your lawn to see if your sprinkler system is hitting everything. If you notice dry patches, you can use a handheld sprayer to treat those areas.

The important thing to keep in mind is to account for rain. If you lay down new sod during a particularly rainy period, you will have to water it much less than you would otherwise. However, it can be difficult to figure out when you’ve watered enough. For this, a rain gauge can be helpful. This tool will give you an idea of how much water your lawn has received before or between watering sessions. Just be sure to empty it out each time. 

When You’ve Watered Too Much

Watering too little is a much more noticeable thing than watering too much. You can see right away where there are gaps between rows of sod and you’ll notice the sod pulling up at the corners. This can be easily fixed by a watering session, allowing the water to reach the six inches down it needs.

However, watering too much can be a little more tricky. The important thing to look for when you are dealing with an overwatered lawn is water above the surface. If you are seeing puddles forming in parts of your lawn or you feel that the sod is spongy when you touch it, there is likely too much water and it cannot absorb it all properly.

Thankfully, this too can be easily fixed. All you need to do is to. let the lawn dry out a bit before your next watering session. Wait until you can see that the moisture levels have gone down and your new sod should sort itself out.

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Have you been searching for experts in sod near you? We are here to help. At Sod Depot, we understand all the aspects of laying down new sod because that is what we have devoted ourselves to. We provide the best sod in Orlando, and with our sod delivery, you’ll never have to go out of your way for high-quality sod.