How to Maintain Your Newly Sodded Lawn

Immediately Following Sodding

  1. New Sod should be watered 3 times daily for the first two weeks. The sod should be kept damp.
  2. All traffic across new sod should be kept to a minimum, as it separates seams and disturbs the underlaying grade.
  3. KorbySod LLC will help start your irrigation system after the sod is installed. If there is a problem, please call the company that installed your irrigation system.

First Mowing

  1. The first mowing can usually occur two or three weeks after installation or when the sod reaches a height of 3.5″ to 4″ tall
  2. Adjust the height to approximately 3″ and be certain that the blades are sharp.
  3. Do not water the day before mowing, as this will mat the foliage.
  4. Repeat mowing procedures approximately once or twice per week during the growing season. Do not remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade per mowing. CAUTION: If large mowing equipment will be used, the turf may need to be allowed to dry for a longer period of time. Low areas will remain wet.

Weeding and Fertilization

  1. After the first year, a pre-emergent should be used in early spring to keep the weeds to a minimum. You may find it necessary to use a broadleaf herbicide to help control encroaching weeds. Take care not to get the herbicide in your shrub beds.
  2. At approximately six-week intervals, from April through October, fertilize your lawn with a well-balanced (20-10-5) fertilizer at the recommended rate. It is best to fertilize in two directions at 1/2 the recommended rate to assure proper coverage and overlap. Remember, more frequent, light applications will give you better color than less frequent heavy applications.

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