Sod Post Installation in the Intermountain West Area
At Hobbs Turf Farms we understand that having a beautiful lawn can be maintained with very little effort. A lawn that is properly mowed, watered and fertilized has far fewer problems with disease, weeds and insects. A well-kept lawn also stays dense and attractive.
The first watering of your newly installed turf is the most crucial. It is critical to water the new sod within a half hour after installation. You should apply at least 1″ of water so that the soil beneath is soaking. In ideal situations the soil 6″ below the sod will be moist.
- When pushing a screwdriver or another sharp tool into the ground, it should penetrate at least 6″. If not then you need to apply more water.
- Make sure that the entire lawn is receiving water. Corners, edges, and areas near buildings are occasionally missed and can dry out faster than the center of a new lawn.
- If run off occurs on a sloped area before the soil is moist, turn-off the water and wait about 30 minutes and restart watering. Repeat this as needed to obtain/maintain the 6″ moisture depth.
- Water as early in the mornings as possible. This is ideal because of lower wind speeds and less water evaporation.
- For the 1st 2-3 weeks keep the soil moist 6″ below the surface. Once the grass has established most lawn will do very well with a maximum of 1″ of water every 3 -4 days. Your soil conditions will dictate the amount of water and the frequency of which it is applied.
- We recommend that you use a fertilizer that contain Nitrogen, Phosphate and Potash.
Your new sod can be mowed once it has been completely established (in about 2-3 weeks). Be sure to remove not more than 1/3 of the grass blade. Keep your mower blade sharp. Dull blades tear the grass instead of cutting it and can cause increased water needs and make the lawn more vulnerable to diseases.
In the summer months it is wise to set your mower on its highest setting to shade the roots from the sun and to conserve moisture in the lawns soil.
If possible leave the grass clippings. They will not cause thatch if you follow the 1/3 cutting rule. The clippings won’t smoother the grass. They will dry out and work their way down to the soils surface. The clippings return nutrients to the soil, resulting in less fertilizer use and helps retain water.