How to check the moisture content in your soil
Visual inspection of the plant will also provide clues as to its water requirements. Dry, wilted leaves signify too little water. Wet, wilted leaves are a sign of too much water. There may also be a moldy, rotten smell emanating from the soil when there is too much water present.
When watering, apply sufficient water so that the soil containing the roots is thoroughly moist. Between waterings, allow the soil to dry enough so that it is only slightly moist, but not so much that it is bone dry. The larger the plant, the more water is required and
the longer it will take to dry sufficiently. The amount applied will also vary depending on the weather and soil conditions. Hot, dry days mean more frequent watering. Cool and moderately wet periods, less watering. It is always a good idea to check the soil before and after watering, until you have a better idea of how much water your plant requires.
Proper watering during the first growing season is the single most important factor in successful transplanting. If you are uncertain, concerned, or have any questions, do not hesitate to call us immediately.
Once your sod has been installed, start watering your new lawn as soon as possible. It is critical to keep new sod constantly moist.
If the temperature is between 60⁰ and 80⁰
3rd week – water your new sod every other day between 1 to 2 hours during the early morning (4 a.m. -9 a.m.) if possible or early evening (4:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.)
If the temperature is above 80⁰
If the temperature is below 60⁰
New sod should not be cut until it is established. This is approximately 3 weeks. To test, tug gently on a corner of sod. If there is resistance, the sod is established. Allow grass to dry for a day or so before mowing. Mow and maintain at a height of 2-1/2” to 2-3/4”. After the first mowing, the new sod should receive at least 1” of water each week, either from rain or watering.
The new lawn should not be fertilized for the first three months. After that, it should be fertilized up to four times per year.
There are many factors that can affect the germination of your newly-spread grass seed. Lack of moisture and cool weather tends to delay sprouting, and overwatering and high temperatures tend to create a potential for disease. Remember to avoid walking on the
lawn during this period and for several weeks after.
For the first three weeks: water lightly twice a day to keep the seed moist. If excess water begins to run off or erosion occurs, turn off the sprinkler immediately. After three weeks, the turf should receive one inch of water during the course of a week, either from rain or watering.
Your new lawn should not be mowed until it is at least 3 inches high. At that time, mow with the mower on the highest setting. Allow grass to dry for a day or so before mowing. Subsequent mowing should maintain lawn at a height of 2-1/2” to 3”.
After the third cutting, broadleaf weeds can be sprayed. Fertilize on a regular basis.
The best time to water is early morning before the temperatures begin to rise (4 a.m. – 9 a.m.). Watering in the morning allows water to soak deeply into the soil, providing the plants with a good amount of water to face the heat of the day. If watering cannot be done in the early morning, late afternoon is also an option (4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.). It is important to water early enough in the afternoon so the leaves have time to dry before nightfall. Allowing the leaves to dry before nightfall reduces development of fungal diseases.