How often should I water my lawn?
The healthiest lawns are produced when they are watered heavily at infrequent intervals. On an average, the lawn needs about one-inch of water per week, either by rainfall or in combination with irrigation. This one-inch rule will normally soak the soil to a depth of 4 to 6 inches, allowing the water to reach deep into the root system.
After installing a new yard how often should I water it?
Give your new lawn at least 2 to 3 cm. (1 in.) of water within 1/2 hour of installation. Water daily or more often, keeping turf moist until it is firmly rooted (about 2 weeks). This allows the root system to become firmly established. After a couple of weeks, water the sod as an established lawn.
What is the best time to water a lawn?
The best times to water your lawn are early morning or early evening, when there is generally less wind and heat. Watering then allows for less evaporation into the air, greater penetration into the soil, and less run-off.
How soon do I need to install the sod after I purchase it?
For best results, install the sod within 24 hours of purchase. If you can't install it that quickly consider ordering sod for a different day.
Should I do a soil test?
Yes, it is important to know the fertility levels of your soil. Our soils are typically low in pH and in phosphorous. Without knowing what levels your soil has of these it is impossible to know how much lime and fertilize to apply to the soil before you install your sod.
How often should I fertilize?
A balanced fertilizer with a slow release form of nitrogen such as 13-13-13 stems better overall results at establishment, and then use a 3-1-2 (i.e. 21-7-14) @ 5 lbs per 1000 sq/ft. As a general rule, fertilizer takes place two times a year (spring and early fall) on St. Augustine and Zoysia. On Bermuda, use 3-1-2 @ 5 lbs per 1000 sq/ft in the spring and fall with an additional Nitrogen application of 21-0-0 @ 2 lbs per 1000sq/ft in early June.