Sod 101: 3 Helpful Tips to Ensure You're Watering Correctly

A vibrant and lush lawn is something that everyone wants. Unfortunately, it's something that many people don't ever experience. After all, caring for a lawn can be very difficult – especially if your home wasn't graced with good grass. Luckily, sod can change that. Sod installation allows everyone to achieve that perfect lawn experience. However, if you want to keep it, you'll need to water it correctly.
Watering your lawn might sound like a simple task, but it's rarely that easy. Both too much and too little water can cause serious problems to your grass. So how do you water correctly?

These three tips can help.

1. Know How Much to Water

One of the most important things you'll need to know is how much water your sod needs. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. The amount of water your sod needs will change depending on when you had your sod installed.
You Just Had Sod Installed
For new sod, you'll want to develop a healthy and timely watering schedule. Newly installed sod should be completely soaked through. The sod should be slightly spongy to the touch, but it shouldn't have any standing water. After the initial soaking, you should water it regularly, usually a couple times per day for the first couple weeks. While this might sound a like a lot of watering, it is necessary. Frequent watering will help keep the sod damp, which will encourage root growth.
You've Had Your Sod for a Couple Weeks Now
As the sod begins to form roots, you'll need to water it less. Ideally, you'll water your sod once or twice per day. If your sod is retaining moisture well, you can alternate the days you water. For example, water Monday, skip Tuesday, and water again on Wednesday. Continue this watering regimen until your sod is at least a month old.
You've Had Your Sod for More Than a Month
After a month, your sod won't need as much water. You should water your sod every other day and keep an eye on it. If it is still retaining moisture, reduce your watering to 2–3 days per week. If you notice your sod is beginning to dry out, increase how often you water. The key here is to give the sod more amounts of water more, but less often. Deep watering sessions will help create strong roots, which will keep your lawn healthy.
If you are having difficulty coming up with a good watering schedule, don't hesitate to ask professionals for help.

2. Know the Signs of Over Watering

It can be very easy to over water your sod, so it is important that you know the signs. Too much water can cause significant problems with your sod, so it is best to water sparingly. However, this can be difficult when your sod is new. If you are worried about over watering, be on the lookout for color changes. If your sod is being over watered, it will change from a vibrant green to a dull, gray-green shade. Standing water and weeds are also telltale signs that you are over watering your sod.
If you begin to notice any of these changes in your lawn, reduce the frequency of your watering sessions. If you have developed standing water or puddles, you may need to let your lawn dry out first. Depending on how much water is in your lawn, it may take a few days to dry out. So keep an eye on it. If you begin to notice that your lawn is feeling dry, begin watering again. However, water less frequently so that you don't develop any issues from over watering.

3. Water at the Right Time

Finally, make sure that you are watering your sod during the right time of day. While you might think afternoon watering is ideal, it isn't. In fact, the best time of day to water your lawn is during the early morning hours. You should water before the sun comes up (if possible), as this will help prevent evaporation. Be sure to avoid watering at night, as this can cause grass disease.
Watering your lawn correctly is very important to keep it healthy. These tips can definitely help you achieve that perfect balance. But if you’re still having trouble, contact The Sod Source. Our professionals are happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have about your sod.