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How To Care for New Sod

Curb appeal is an important element of maintaining or increasing your property value. Whether you're getting ready to sell or you simply want to impress the neighbors, a green lawn is key.

In a temperate climate like Plano, you may find that the best way to get that green lawn is to start over. When your grass can't seem to recover from a period of drought or a weed invasion, new sod is often the way to go.

That said, new sod is only going to do the trick when you know how to take care of it. We're here to help.

Read on as we talk about the steps you'll need to take to ensure that your new sod develops deep roots and doesn't dry up.

Laying Sod

Water, Water, Water

Watering new sod is crucial. Your lawn will require the most watering in the first 14 weeks to ensure that the roots take hold and don't dry out.

The key is to water your lawn twice a day, preferably in the early morning and late afternoon when the sun isn't directly overhead. Water your lawn evenly for about 20 minutes. If you use a sprinkler system, keep an eye out for areas that may not be getting enough water and water them with a hose.

Fertilize the Right Way

Water isn't the only thing your grass needs to develop strong roots. Sod care also involves adding nutrients to the soil that your grass can absorb. That said, you don't want to start fertilizing the second your sod is laid.

Wait about one month for the sod to recover from being stacked or rolled up. Then, apply a starter fertilizer that has an 18-24-12 mix or that is designed for the type of grass you're growing.

Wait to Mow

Don't mow new sod any earlier than three weeks after it's laid. If it isn't thriving by week three, give it more time.

The most common lawn care mistake that homeowners make is mowing their grass too short. This is something you want to avoid at all times, but especially when dealing with new sod. When it is time to mow, make sure that your grass remains at least three-four inches tall and check to make sure that your mower blades are sharp enough to cut your grass, rather than rip it.

Let TerraTurf Lay and Nurture Your New Sod in Plano

Many homeowners find that new sod is the way to go to get back to that lush, green grass that will keep curb appeal high. Caring for new sod isn't intuitive, but with our simple guide, you can take the right steps to help your new sod thrive.

Looking for assistance with your new sod? Do you have other landscaping projects in mind for your Plano home? At Terra Turf, we provide landscaping and lawn care services that you can rely on.

Contact us today to find out more about our services, pricing, and availability.

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