- When temperatures are fairly cool and your lawn is dry, apply fertilizer that is applicable to your soil and climate. Check with your local nursery or garden center for what works best. Make sure you read the application instructions multiple times to know how much to apply and how often.
- For best results, apply fertilizer with a broadcast-spreader rather than a drop spreader on your sod. Please read your spreader manual carefully so you do not burn your sod. This is for a medium or average application. use a higher setting if needed. Apply fertilizer to your sod three times per year.
- New sod does best with fertilizer underneath the grass. Spread the fertilizer on the bare dirt if possible. If not, spread it on the sod. Water the ground immediately after applying.
- Water all fertilized sod areas immediately following fertilization. Begin a normal watering schedule after that.
Lawn Mowing Guide:
- Mow your new sod 7-10 days after installation. This is very important for new sod establishment.
- Do not cut more than 1/3 of the leaf blade in a single mowing. Cutting more than 1/3 of the leaf will put the sod under stress. Stress may cause disease and will thin out your lawn over time. Sod that is overgrown won’t allow proper sunlight to penetrate, maintain a regular mowing schedule.
- Keep mowing blades sharp as dull blades will tear the sod leaves, and cause sod to brown.
- Conserve water by maintaining a mowing height of 2-3 inches.
- Keep in mind that extra mowing may be necessary if you choose to use nitrogen-excessive fertilizers that cause sod to grow more quickly.
- In early spring, mow your sod once at a 1-1 1⁄2-inch height. This allows sunlight to penetrate to roots, and removes dead winter kill and thatch.
- In late fall mow your Sod once at 1 1⁄2-inch height. Apply 18-1-8+Fe to prepare your sod for winter. Chelated Iron is the best if you can find it
Benefits of Aeration:
- Loosens compact soil
- Breaks up and/or removes thatch
- Improves water infiltration
- Improves nutrient infiltration
- Increases oxygen supply to sod roots
- Releases carbon dioxide
- Encourages new, deeper sod root growth
How to aerate your sod:
- Contact a local aeration service or rent an aerating machine from a machinery rental service.
- Aerate your sod using a core aerator. If possible, remove a minimum 3-inch plug. Leave the plug on the lawn to decompose.
- Add nutrients to your soil by spreading fertilizer over the aerated sod areas.