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Installing Sod and Fertilizing

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by FerrisJJJ, May 7, 2007.

  1. FerrisJJJ

    FerrisJJJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I did a sod job this weekend and I was wondering a couple of things.....
    Obviously you need to water it everyday. My question is, is two times a day good enough for watering it? Like once in the morning and once at night, and for how long should you water it? Secondly, when should you put down fertilizer on the sod and what kind of fertilizer do you use on it?
  2. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 603

    Water really good in the mornings before 8am or 9am....watering in the evening is only gonna cause problems during the summer months (Fungus)

    You can't go wrong with 18-24-12 which is just a starter fertilizer however you may want to put down a Pre emergent fertilizer to prevent any weeds from coming up thru the sod. Well good luck
  3. FerrisJJJ

    FerrisJJJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    what is the pre emergent fertilizer? Also, how does watering at night cause fungus later on?
  4. tremor

    tremor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    If you have to ask what a pre-emergent herbicide is then don't apply one. You'll need a licensed applicator to do this. Plus the sod needs to establish first.

    Technically, depending on soil test, a nice organic/biological starter fertilizer should have been soil incorporated BEFORE the sod was lain however applying a synthetic now is better than not.

    Turf that stays wet overnight is more prone to fungal diseases. Try to be finished watering early enough in the afternoon that the grass blades are dry before dark.
  5. ampeg76

    ampeg76 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    tremor gave the best advice

    i would stay clear of pre-emergents until the roots have been established, pre's will prune the roots
  6. FerrisJJJ

    FerrisJJJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    thanks guys

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