When you’re ready to install new sod in Orlando, there are three key steps to make sure your sod flourishes and looks great. Florida is full of beauty, but it has its challenges too. These three important steps for growing sod in Orlando will help the new sod you just bought, survive the planting process.
How much and for how long should I water new sod in Orlando?
Consistent watering is necessary for new sod to grow strong roots. Planting sod in the summer in Orlando is rough business, but it is doable. Sod should be watered throughout the day in order to prevent shrinking and drying.
Prepare your lawn in advance by watering ahead of planting the sod to ensure moisture is already present. Don’t over do it, though. The idea is to have moist soil, not soaked and muddy soil.
Once the sod is laid, water consistently for at least two weeks. Keep an eye on the moisture, as you will most likely need to continue to water for about 20 minutes twice a day.
Read about the signs that you’re overwatering.
How long does it take new sod to root in Orlando?
It takes about 10-14 days for new sod to root, sometimes a little longer in Florida. You should wait until this time, about 14 days after installation, before you mow your lawn for the first time after laying sod.
Set your mower to the highest setting possible in order to avoid cutting it too close to the root. Take care not to walk or run on new sod, as this can prevent the fragile young roots from developing properly. If you have pets, try to prevent as much contact with the newly installed sod as possible.
Should I use fertilizer for new sod in Orlando?
Fertilizing your new sod is critical. Fertilizer helps create and maintain a sustainable root system that will keep your yard lush. It’s best to penetrate the surface of the soil, so consider liquid fertilizer. You’re basically giving your new sod some much needed nutrition.
Your sod may be brown and crumbly when it is waiting to be installed (don’t wait too long), so it will need a boost.
Plan on aerating your lawn within six months of laying new sod. Aerating your lawn creates holes in the soil that allow water, fertilizer, and other nutrients to reach the roots of plants. Regular aeration will also prevent soil from becoming compacted, which makes it difficult for your grass to get the moisture and nutrients it needs. Plan on aerating your lawn one to two times per year.
If you have questions about the best ways to care for your Florida yard, stop by either of our two locations. Or give us a call at 407-875-1900. As a small, veteran-owned business, we can give you the personalized advice the big stores can’t.