How to Care for Newly Planted Sod

Caring for Newly Planted Sod

Whether you’re looking to repair a portion of your lawn or plant a whole new lawn to revive your landscape, sod can be a great solution. Compared with seeding, which can take months to establish, sodding a lawn is as close to instant gratification as you can get with landscaping.

But, although simpler and faster than growing grass from seed, sod can be pricey. For a typical quarter acre lot, you can expect to spend close to $15,000 for a professionally installed, brand-new sod lawn. So, it’s important to know how to protect that investment and give your sod the best chance at success.

Luckily, caring for your sod is fairly simple. With regular watering and lots of monitoring and patience, you’ll have a strongly rooted lawn within a few weeks to a month.

Sod Installation

One note before getting into how to care for your sod: Proper preparation and installation of the sod is critical to its success. What you do before you lay the sod matters just as much as what you do afterwards. A professional company should use a rototiller to break up the soil, do a soil test, and add soil amendments such as compost, fertilizer or lime in order to create the right conditions for sod....


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