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Newly Sodded - Fertilizer/Lawncare Recommendation

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Mike Rooney, Mar 30, 2003.

  1. Mike Rooney

    Mike Rooney LawnSite Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 1

    Just moving into a new home. The builder will be having the entire yard (approx 1/4 acre) sodded.

    Please provide any recommendations on fertilzers and watering you would suggest.

    I have read about high phosphorous fertilizer for root development. Is this something to spread right after the sod is laid?

    Thank you for any assistance.
  2. rkk95

    rkk95 LawnSite Member
    from west PA
    Messages: 165

    check out some local sod producers websites. They will explain how to take care of your new sod. Another good idea is to hire a professional lawn care company.
  3. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 738

    The installer should put down a starter fertlizer at the time of the installation.

    Water the sod to keep the soil moist. When the roots start to grow and set into the soil below you'll need to water for longer periods of time to make sure you get water into the soil.

    The key is to roll back corners of the sod to make sure you're getting good coverage. Check for moisture and root development. Eventually you won't be able to pull back the turf as it roots.

    Make sure to keep an eye on edges for sure. Next to ashphalt and pavement the sod will dry out more quickly as the heat from the pavement will dry out sod.

    Watering is a balance - don't over water to the point that you're wet and squishy or you see water running out from under the sod if it's on an incline.

    You probably won't need to do a fertilzer or weed control app for 6 weeks or so. Wait to fertilize until after the roots are established and the sod is solid and you've cut it several times. As soon as you fertilize it again it'll grow faster. Nothing worse than having wet sod grow so fast that it has to be cut but you can't get onto it because you've over watered, fertilized, etc. and the sod isn't rooted.
  4. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    Find out who is doing the sod installation, and ask if he is going to apply starter fertilizer before installing sod. Probably is not, so see if you can pay him to do it. If you can trust him. Ideal is to apply 1# P per 1000 ft², and till in 1½" to 2"

    Starter fert is high in phosphorus. It will draw roots into soil, as they seek the P. Fertilizing on top of sod will ****** rooting. Do not even think about a fert application until the sod is well rooted.

    And remember, the worst damage to the landscape, especially lawns, is TOO MUCH WATER. Excess irrigation will also ****** root growth.

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