Watering schedule for new Sod in Central Florida

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by Florida Lawn Masters, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. Florida Lawn Masters

    Florida Lawn Masters LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    As you know, summer in Central Florida can be brutal. I am laying down new sod, for customers, my watering plan goes like this:

    1) water within 30 min. of laying it down
    2) Water 3/4" twice daily (7am & 7pm) for first 3-weeks
    3) weeks 4-6 3/4" once daily
    4) weeks 7-8 once daily every other day
    5) weeks 9 resume regular watering schedule (according to county regulations

    can anyone share their input on this?
     
  2. Burnie

    Burnie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    With that plan, and the rain we get in the summer, be prepared to treat it for fungus. You want it to put down roots as quick as possible, so it needs to be looking for water. Others may disagree with me, but MHO

    1) water within 30 min. of laying it down
    2) Water 1" once daily 7am for first 2-weeks
    3) weeks 3-4 1" once daily 7am every other day
    4) weeks 5-6 1" once daily 7am every third day
    5) weeks 7-8 1" once daily 7am twice a week

    I have had to treat many times for fungus because they water too much and at late in the day, which keeps the grass wet all night.

    YMMV
     
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  3. Florida Lawn Masters

    Florida Lawn Masters LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    We are pre treating with fungicide, pesticides, and fertilizer.
    Aslo, I forgot to mention, water schedule is on a sprinkler system with rain sensor.
    Would you recommend less water?
     
  4. Florida Lawn Masters

    Florida Lawn Masters LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Never mind, just realized your schedule
    Lol
     
  5. Burnie

    Burnie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    Don't need to put down fertilizer on new sod. Fertilizer is taken into the plant by the roots, new sod does not have roots in the ground when you first put it down, it takes time to develop them, so the fertilizer gets washed into the soil by all the water, and the sod can't reach it. It is better to wait 30 to 60 days to put down fertilizer on new sod.
     

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