New Bermuda Sod turning brown after 3 days of being laid

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Twoods196, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. Twoods196

    Twoods196 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    just laid some Bermuda sod an 3 days later its turning brown! I ve been watering it twice a day for 15 mins. The section in the back looks better then the one on the side. The one in the back I checked the roots an the ground is completely saturated with water an even the ground under it looks muddy..possible too much water? The one on the left side of house which looks the worse is dry, Here is some pics:

    Back Section

    Side Section

    Any thoughts help? Don't want all the money on sod to go down the drain
  2. M&L

    M&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 245

    What did your site prep include?
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,261

    Any idea how long it sat on the pallet? Were the pieces really dry when you put them down. Did you roll the area?
  4. Twoods196

    Twoods196 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    the area was rolled, ordered straight from a sod farm cut same day it was delivered. Installed half one day an other half next day.

    To prep we disc the area up then use a tiller to till it up finer. Mixed in fertilizer with the soil an retiled. The leveled out the entire area.
  5. Colaguy

    Colaguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    I ve been watering it twice a day for 15 mins

    Not watering enough. I've no experience with Bermuda but I'd say the prob is lack of water. Pull up a piece and see if there are any roots growing.
  6. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,349

    Id turn that sprinkler on overnite, doesn't look too good
  7. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    I am going with the + for water. I would take a guess as strong as bermuda is that your 15 minutes of water is not nearly enough and that it is going dormant. More water will bring it back around.
  8. turfmd101

    turfmd101 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,375

    I agree. A good inch of irrigation per watering events. You should also pound it with 21-0-0 ammonium sulfate. 1# per 1000 every 2 week's for 6 weeks and with proper irrigation it should look rictor.
  9. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    One of the building supers I know for Pulte homes will run irrigation for hours of freshly laid sod at the beginning.

    The good news is I have seen brown pieces of sod bounce back to life with the right conditions.
  10. Twoods196

    Twoods196 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    Well I ran the sprinklers for bout 4hrs maybe longer. Then it also rained good but today an I can already see some of it turning back green. Went ahead an fertilized today also. Hopefully it perks back up. Thanks for the help guys

    Just FYI for anyone out there having problems determing how long to run to get a inch of water. I setup a few cups under sprinkler an times how long it took to get an inch of water. Wayyyyy longer then 15mins that I was at first recommended.

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