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New Bermuda Sod turning brown after 3 days of being laid

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

  1. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,463

    Wish I could have caught the fertilization post, that was a huge mistake. Keep on watering.

    Never mind inches of water, the ground need to be saturated to the point you cant walk on it for the first 2 weeks, in your case 3 weeks.
  2. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    I concur water....
  3. turfmd101

    turfmd101 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,375

    Remember to back off the water to every other day after the first week. Do not over irrigate if heavy rain falls. Since you have new turf to establish you can legally apply 18-46-0 if you can find it. Definitely apply a starter fertilizer. Starter fertilizer contains a high middle number. Even a 8-10-10 will work. Bermuda can handle AS 21-0-0. Hitting it hard 1/2# per/1000 sq ft every two weeks will also aid in establishment if you cannot find the higher P blends. Be sure to post pictires when the turf turns around.
  4. Twoods196

    Twoods196 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    I have some 13-13-13 in the shed. Would this be ok ? Will def post pictures when it turns around. Hopefully it turns around lol. Def looks better then it did
  5. turfmd101

    turfmd101 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,375

    Yes 13-13-13 can be considered a starter fertilizer unless the bag says ornamental only. If the bag says turf and ornamental fertilizer you are legal to apply to either area. That bag should cover 6,500 sq ft at full rate and 13,000 sq ft at half rate. Two applications a month apart should have a great impact on establishment of your Bermuda. Irrigation will still be a critical element, not too much or too little. Soil moisture in the root zone will dictate when to irrigate. The more the roots and turf establish the less often the need for water is. You should always water at least an inch if water. Never change the amount of time to properly irrigate your turf just adjust the irrigation frequencies to correspond with dry conditions.
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,353

    This is why I put down a dose of Milorganite and water before the sod goes down. We have started using water beads on non irrigated installs. Haven't had a new install go brown in years. We also provide a month of aftercare to ensure the water is right during the critical establishment period. I've had to fix many drop and run installs over the years. Its your reputation on that finished product.
  7. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    I always tell people rather than a certain time for watering event after a install etc....your job is to keep that piece of sod and the soil immediately underneath it MOIST at ALL times. Too many variations in irrigation systems etc to give a specific time frame. Plus my way encourages them to be active in the process of the establishment of their new lawn by paying attention to it.
    I have not had any go bad yet...I have had some brave souls that I have caught trying to limit their watering and watched the turf thin out.
  8. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,082

    Don't fertilize new sod!

    Water a lot more snd it'll turn around...I'll post some photos of some tiff I bought cheap and sat on pallet for a week in 97 degrees sun and then planted and watered until it turned green in less than a week..I'll have to find the photos
  9. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,082

    Before and after--pond restoration--sod sat for a week and then I bought it...watered and after a week..viola-

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  10. turfmd101

    turfmd101 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,375

    Obviously more water will cause rehydration. Starter fertilizer will aid in root establishment. Why would you not fertilize new sod. MILORGANITE is the best fertilizer used on top of the soil before laying new sod. A starter fertilizer greatly increases turf establishment. Water and fertilisers have different functions.

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