How Do I Take Care of My New Lawn?
First you want to have four to six inches of topsoil. Then you can put down a starter fertilizer. This helps promote quicker root growth.
Sod is typically sold by the square yard. To get the most accurate measurement you will need to determine what areas you will be installing sod.
Then measure in feet the length x width and divide by 9, this will give you how many yards you will need. Get those sprinklers ready!
Watering tips: are a critical part of lawn care.
The first water of newly installed sod is the most important. Begin water immediately after installation.
The first water establishes how well the grass will perform for years to come.
To check if you are watering enough you can pull back a corner for the new sod and push a screwdriver or other sharp tool into the soil.
It should push in easily and have moisture along the first 3 to 4 inches.
Corners and edges are easily missed by many sprinklers and part vulnerable to drying out faster than the center portion of your lawn.
Areas near buildings also tend to dry out faster because of heat that is reflected off of them.
Runoff may occur on some areas before the soil gets enough moisture.
To conserve water and insure adequate soak-in, turn-off the water when runoff beings, wait 30 minutes to an hour and restart the watering on the same area.
Water as early in the morning as possible to take advantage of the daily start of the grass’s normal growing cycle.
If the temperature reaches 100°F, or if high winds are constant for more than half of the day, reduce the temperature of your lawn by lightly sprinkling the area.
Sprinkling does not replace the need for longer, deeper watering, which will be more critical during these adverse weather conditions.
Infrequent and deep watering is preferred to frequent and shallow watering because the roots will only grow as deeply as their most frequently available water supply.
What you will need:
4-6 flat-bottomed, straight-sided cans (tuna fish, cat food, etc); a ruler; and a watch.
Arrange the cans at random distances away from the sprinkler, but within the area you assume is being covered.
Run the sprinkler, for a specific amount of time (30 minutes) or run the water until a specific amount of water is in at least one can (0.5 in.)
Measure the amount of water in each can, checking for uniformity. Some variation is expected but a difference of 25-30% or more between any two cans must be addressed by replacing or adjusting the sprinkler or relocating the system.
Amount of Fertlizer to buy for your lawn:
Try to purchase only the amount of fertilizer needed at one time or be sure a safe, dry place is available to store the larger amount. 8-10-30 is a good starter fertilizer.
Apply at the rate of 40 lb. for every 10,000 square feet.
Fertilizer spreaders (BROADCAST spreaders are highly recommended vs. drop spreaders) for home lawns can be adjusted to apply materials at different rates. It is recommended that the application be made using 1/2 of the fertilizer applied in two different directions. This allows for rate adjustment when the job is 1/2 done and eliminates streaking due to uneven application patterns. Consult your dealer or the spreader owners manual for suggested settings.