A new sod refers to a newly laid piece of turf, typically grown from grass seed or taken from another location and laid down in a new area. It’s used for landscaping to establish a lush and healthy lawn quickly. The benefits of using new sod include a faster way to a green lawn, reducing erosion, and improving overall property value.New sod can be cut any time of year, but the best time is during the growing season, typically spring or fall in temperate climates. Cutting the new sod just before installation is recommended to reduce stress on the grass and increase the chances of it taking root and establishing quickly.
For newly laid sod, it is crucial to ensure adequate and consistent watering to help it establish roots and prevent drying out. Here’s a recommended watering schedule for new sod:
Note: The required water will depend on climate, soil type, and sun exposure. Be mindful of local weather conditions and adjust the watering frequency and duration accordingly.
New sod should be mowed when it reaches a height of 3-4 inches, typically taking 2-4 weeks after installation. This will allow the roots to become established and promote healthy growth. Use a mower with a high setting to avoid damaging the delicate sod. Repeat mowing as necessary to maintain a consistent height of 2-3 inches.
New sod should be fertilized 4-6 weeks after installation. Use a balanced fertilizer (e.g., N-P-K formula of 10-10-10) and follow package instructions for the application rate.
It is best to avoid mowing new sod or mulch for at least 4-6 weeks after installation to allow the roots to establish and for the material to settle. After that, mow the sod to the desired height, and mulch should be left to a thickness of 2-3 inches or mulch for at least 4-6 weeks to allow roots to establish and material to settle. After that, mow sod to the desired height, and keep mulch thickness at 2-3 inches. Thickness at 2-3 inches for best results. When cutting sod, gradually reduce the height over several mowings instead of lowering it all at once to prevent stressing the grass. Also, avoid mowing when the grass is wet to prevent damage to the blades and soil compaction.Wait until the sod or mulch has rooted, typically 4-6 weeks after installation. Then, set the mower blades to a higher setting (3-4 inches) and mow in a different direction each time to avoid compacting the soil. Gradually lower the mower blades over several weeks until the desired height is reached. Avoid mowing when the grass or mulch is wet to prevent soil compaction and plant damage.
Cutting new sod to a height of 2-3 inches is recommended. Here are the steps to cut new sod:
New St. Augustine sod should be mowed when it reaches a height of 3 to 4 inches, usually after 4 to 6 weeks. Before then, avoid cutting to allow the roots to establish. St. Augustine sod should be mowed using the following guidelines:
It is recommended to wait 2-3 days after installing sod before walking on it, regardless of the number of steps taken in the installation process. Here are nine steps for installing sod:
The best time to cut new sod is during the growing season when the grass is actively growing, typically between late spring and early fall, depending on the climate and species of grass. Avoid cutting new sod during extreme weather conditions such as hot spells, drought, or freezes. This will give the new sod roots time to establish and grow into a healthy lawn. Allow a professional landscaping service such as Explore Landscaping to provide this service for you!
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