Sod Installation Tips Step 1-Preparation The soil must be at least one to two inches loose. All sticks and debris need to be removed, and the ground needs to be raked smooth.
Step 2-Fertilization The only fertilizer that can be used on new sod is milorganite. Milorganite is a great organic fertilizer that is safe for kids and pets. Because the sod already has fertilizer from the farm, using anything other than milorganite could cause the new sod to burn.
Step 3-Installing the Sod Start laying the sod. Each piece needs to be butted up tightly against another. Start along bed line or edge. Along curved bed lines, allow the sod pieces to overlap each other. They will be cut in later.
Step 4-Cutting in the Sod After all the sod is laid, it needs to be cut in. This can be done with either a sharp shovel or a machete. Go back to all of the overlapping pieces and cut them to make a tight fit.
Step 5-Fungicide and Insecticide Treatment Apply any granular fungicide and insecticide treatments
Step 6-Watering and Rolling Water thoroughly immediately after installation. The newly sodden area should completely soaked and squishy which usually takes about two hours of watering. Once wet, roll the sod with a sod roller. If you do not have a sod roller, one is available at local stores for rent (Home Depot, Westside Rental).
Once the last step is complete, start on the recommended watering schedule.
Recommended Watering Schedules for Newly Installed Sod Below is the recommended watering schedule for newly installed sod. More time may need to be added for sandy soil. Always water the sod immediately after the sod is laid on the first day. Sod, along with most plants, should only be watered in the early morning between 4am-6am. If you cannot water within this timeframe, try to water as early as you can in the morning. Just make sure to never water sod a night. This promotes fungus and which can also make the sod more susceptible to insects.
1st week- water every morning about 30mins-45mins 2nd week-water every other day about 30mins-45mins 3rd week-water either every day to every 3rd day about 30mins-45mins By the 4th week, you should be on a regular watering schedule. If the sod is green or coming out of dormancy, you should be watering about 3 times a week. If the sod is dormant, only about once a week watering is needed.
Most people tend to over water sod. It is up to you to figure out your own regular watering schedule for your property. A quick test to do is a soil test. If you put your finger into the soil below the existing turf and it is soaking wet, wait to water. If your finger is damp and the dirt is slightly pasty, water the next morning. If the soil is completely dry and powdery, you have waited too long and should up the number of days a week you water. The ground must have time to dry out in between waterings otherwise you will create a perfect environment for fungus and bugs.
Please always feel free to call us for more specific questions. Below are tips we give customers once a job is completed.
Insect Control-We recommend that an insect killer should be applied monthly from late May until October. Although there are winter insects, summer and fall are the are the most difficult times. We recommend treating before you even see the first signs of a problem. We have two different types of insecticide at the shop that we recommend for specific issues. Please call for more information.
Fungus Control- Fungus is one of the leading issues St. Augustine's experiences. Centipede can also get it but is much more resistant than St. Augustine. There are many different types of fungus that can affect sod so preventative treatment is most effective. For St. Augustine, we recommend that you put down a systemic fungicide once a month from June until October whether you have a fungus or not. This can be put down at the same time as the insecticide. Even with the systemic treatment, you may still contract a fungus especially if we have a wet summer. In this case, you would need to switch from a systemic fungicide to a liquid curative. We always keep both products at our store and are always available for questions.
Fertilizer-The easiest and safest fertilizer to use on sod is milorganite. Milorganite is an organic fertilizer that is safe for animals and children. Milorganite is also the only fertilizer that can be used when first installing sod. It can also be used up to once a month while the grass is green for a general fertilizer. In late fall, a winterizer must also be applied for nutrients while the sod is dormant. There are several different fertilizers that can be used for specific issues that are sold here at our store so please call and ask.
Weed Control-Generally speaking, weeds should only be treated for in late fall and early Spring. If it gets to be above 85 degrees, it is too risky to treat for weeds without burning your grass. There are a couple of products we have to treat weeds in the summer but they are at your own risk. If not used properly, you could end up replacing your yard.
Please always feel free to call and ask questions. We are very willing to help!!
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