Sod turning white in hot weather

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by sunpro21, Jun 29, 2003.

  1. sunpro21

    sunpro21 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 7

    I planted sod in early May and with all the rain we had in NJ
    it looked great. However in the past week with temperatures
    above 90 degrees, it has begun to lose its color and turn white in certain areas.

    I have been watering every day.

    What should I do?
  2. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    Its burn out/ thinning turf from the heat. Been in the 90s here for a couple of weeks now, with a couple of days even hotter. My fescue is starting to look like that. Not much you can do but keep watering, cut it as high as possible, (if it grows), and overseed this fall.
  3. redbull

    redbull LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    That about says it all. Without an irrigation system sod will cook
  4. grassguy_

    grassguy_ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 633

    Key is to make sure you're irrigation is done at the proper times as well. Watering early in the day, not during evening hours. Be sure there is time in the day that it is capable of drying completely so disease activity is not allowed to progress. Srynging early with the dew in the morning is best either by watering then or taking a garden hose and dragging over the turf to dislodge the dew carrying any disease organisms.

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