Watering lawn is similar to our own watering needs. Too little water and we die, too much water and we drown. Lawn watering needs are no different. Finding that essential balance is crucial to establishing a luscious green lawn. Fine tuning your irrigation system can be complicated, which is why we have made an easy bullet pointed list to aid you in finding your lawn’s watering “sweet spot.”
The key to establishing new sod is properly watering it for the first month.
These weeks are used to transition from frequent watering to decreased cycles per day and increased days between watering.
Over the course of the year, grass will root deeply into the soil, allowing an overall reduction in watering.
(This promotes root growth downward; developing a deep root system which will eventually use less water)
Fine tune your irrigation system by adjusting heads and nozzles, checking for proper coverage.
While learning the perfect moisture balance, you may stress the lawn a little (especially attempting to dry it out for mowing). This is perfectly normal and should not destroy sod. Simply increase watering time in small increments to gain turgidity.
To reduce erosion, divide watering times in half; running the irrigation cycle for the first half of the time and one hour later cycle through the remainder of the watering time. This allows dense or compact soil to absorb more water.
Now that you have a good idea how to care for your new sod, learn even more! Check out these helpful blogs on fertilization, aerating and how to mow perfectly. If at any point you have questions about your sod watering or after-care feel free to contact us.