Updated: Feb 23
Your sod is thirsty, give it a drink
Kentucky bluegrass is a popular cool-season grass that is often used for sod installation. Here is a watering and establishment guide for Kentucky bluegrass sod:
Watering schedule: For the first 7-10 days after installation, water the sod daily to keep it moist. After the first 7-10 days, water the sod deeply 2-3 times a week, providing 1-1.5 inches of water per week. Water more frequently during hot and dry weather.
Watering technique: Water in the morning or early afternoon to allow the grass blades to dry before nightfall. This will help prevent fungal diseases. Use a sprinkler or irrigation system to apply water evenly to the entire lawn.
Check for dry spots: Check the sod regularly for any dry spots or areas that are not receiving enough water. Adjust your watering schedule or technique as needed to ensure even moisture throughout the lawn.
Avoid overwatering: Overwatering can lead to shallow root growth and fungal diseases. Avoid watering the sod to the point where water is running off the surface or pooling.
Mowing: Wait until the sod is firmly rooted before mowing, which usually takes 2-3 weeks. When mowing, keep the blade height at 2-3 inches and avoid removing more than one-third of the grass blade at a time.
Fertilization: Fertilize the sod 4-6 weeks after installation with a slow-release fertilizer. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates and timing.
Weed control: Keep the sod free of weeds by hand-pulling or using a selective herbicide. Wait at least 2-3 weeks after installation before applying any herbicides to allow the sod to establish.
By following these watering and establishment guidelines, you can establish a healthy Kentucky bluegrass sod lawn. Remember to maintain the sod with proper mowing, fertilization, and weed control to keep it looking its best.