How to Take Care of New Sod

Watering Schedule:
lawn watering service ottawaYour new lawn/sod will require plenty of water in the first few days.  Water the sod as soon as possible after it is installed.  Then water thoroughly on a daily basis for one week. 

Reduce watering to three times a week the next week and then once a week thereafter.  Being thorough means at least one (1) inch (or 25mm.) of water at each and every watering. 

Reduction in watering or irrigation frequency is to encourage deep, healthy rooting. Frequent, light watering results in shallow roots.  Water evenly and slowly so that the water penetrates the sod and  soil without running off.  Over watering will saturate the soil which then prevents air from reaching the root zone where it is required.

Mowing:
Most new sod is ready to be cut/mowed after six or seven days. 

Be careful though in mowing to ensure the mower wheels do not disturb the new sod’s roots. Take extra caution on slopes.  Keep the mower blades sharp which is key to a smooth finish.  Dull blades leave ragged brown tips and rip the sod. 

We recommend mulch mowing at a height of 2.5 to 3 inches. Never remove more than 3cm. of the leaf height of the grass at once. 

Do not let your grass get too long/tall as the taller the grass, the less dense the lawn and the higher the chance of weed infestation. 

Cutting your lawn too short in height will cause the grass to burn and die off and thus be less dense and more prone to weed infestation too.  Mulch mowing mulches the grass clippings and puts it back into the lawn where these fine clippings will decompose naturally and help to fertilize your lawn naturally.

Fertilizing:
Your new sod has been laid on top of a new application of top dressing soil which is a well balanced soil with topsoil, composted manure and peat moss to replenish soil ecology and fertility for good sod growth. 

Fertilizing can encourage grass blade growth and not root growth, especially spring and summer formulas. Do not use.  After the new sod is laid root growth is imperative to ensure a healthy lawn for years to come.

Therefore do not fertilize the new sod until the fall and fertilize with an appropriate granular fall fertilizer application.  Next spring the new sod should be over-seeded and a granular spring fertilizer can be used.  

If a summer fertilizer is desired (next year) then ensure it is not applied in extreme heat or it will damage your lawn.  We recommend the use of organic fertilizers only, in the summer for this very reason, as they are slow released and natural based.  Fertilizing your lawn is only recommended to be done every spring and fall and if really necessary then an organic application mid-summer.

Stay Off New Sod:
Please stay off your new sod for two weeks at least so as to not disturb the roots.  No soccer games or family picnics on the new sod until the roots have taken hold well.

Pesticide and Herbicide Use:
get rid of grubs naturallyDo not use any pesticide or herbicide on your new sod.  Pesticide and herbicide applications kill not only the bad bugs but the good bugs too.  Thus leaving your soil ecology in an unbalanced and vulnerable state.  Vulnerable for opportunistic infestations. 

You have new soil and new sod which has no grubs and no cinch bugs in it. The best weed control and insect deterrent is to have a good, healthy lawn. Proper care of your new sod will ensure this and thus eliminate the need for pesticide and herbicide use.

One can use Turf-Maize weed seed inhibitor up to 3x per year for weed prevention.  Applications of nematodes from June to September for grub control may be desired also.

Lawn Care Programs:
Harmony Gardens Landscaping Inc. offers complete lawn care programs including core aeration, de-thatching,  fertilizer applications, over-seeding, top dressing, and natural infestation controls.

We also offer lawn maintenance by seasonal contracts or on a per cut basis for vacation relief. We use well maintained commercial mulch mowers and trimmers.  Our mower blades are sharpened weekly.  All our mowers are mulch mowers (have mulching blades).

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