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Old 2010-07-19, 12:20 PM
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Default Tips For new sod care

Fertilizer - If you wish (I will be doing mine) You can apply a Starter fertilizer to the soil BEFORE the sod is laid down. This will help the roots take faster and become stronger. I will be using an 8-32-16 starter fertilizer. The numbers you use don't have to be the same. Scotts has a 24-24-4 READ THE BAG and FOLLOW the directions. DO NOT Over apply.

Do not fertilize after sod is laid as you don't know when it was last fertilized by the sod farm it is bast to wait at least 4 weeks and don't over apply it as the grass is still new.

WATERING - Apply at least 2-3 cm (1 inch) of water using a sprinkler for even distribution (enough that when a corner of an installed roll is lifted moisture has soaked through the roots and is being absorbed by the topsoil.)
There is NO standard time as each type of sprinkler discharges different rates of water per hour. Use a water gauge to figure out the rate for your sprinkler. Some will put out 1 inch per hour and others only 1/2 inch per hour.
On your first water do as stated above and lift the corner of sod in a few places to ensure the soil under the sod is wet if it is not then you haven't watered enough yet.

HINT: Edges along asphalt and concrete, as well as areas on top of embankments and mounds, will require more water.

Seeding - If you sod dries out it will shrink (gaps between rolls) this is common. To help avoid having the lines between the rolls you can ( I am going to) sprinkle a little grass seed on all the joints and this will help to fill them in and keep the grass thick. When buying you seed you will be looking for something high in Kentucky blue grass seed since the sod used is Kentucky blue grass.

Mowing - generally 2 to 4 weeks depending on how fast it is growing and how well it is taking. try not to cut more than 1/3 of the blade off at a time as this will stress the grass and cause it to yellow. If this happens don't panic it should come back. It doesn't need any special care to come back just keep your routine.
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Old 2010-07-19, 01:07 PM
homie27 homie27 is offline
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what can you do to your grass so you can cut it really short? I've seen lawns that are green and very short and I love that look.
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Old 2010-07-20, 06:22 PM
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Easiest way for the average person? Hire a full time professional gardener.

Option 2 re sod lawn with bent grass. This means Special custom fertilizer, mowing daily or every other day and daily watering. you will then have what a golfer calls a putting green.

Option 3 It takes a long time to get your grass like that. It starts now with watering after sod is established you need to give heavy watering 1 to 1 1/2 hours once per week to establish deep roots, proper fertilizer at proper times of year, aeration yearly or 2 times per year. rolling to ensure it is very flat and no humps and bumps and then once you have all that established you can start cutting it shorter and watering it a bit more like every other day. and hope when the heat comes it doesn't turn yellow.

This is what I do for a living and yes I think it looks nice but I don't feel it is worth the work involved. I never cut my grass shorter than 2 1/2 inches.
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