Watering New Sod

How much water does your new sod need to properly root?

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New Sod Watering Chart

Watering New Sod Infographic

New Sod Care - The First 5 Days

Getting your new sod to establish fast and maintain a healthy root system is you primary goal.

During the first day it is important to water new sod as soon as it is installed. A good soaking in the first hour is much more beneficial than using 3 times the water later that evening.

The next 3 days your new lawn will need the soil to be watered to a depth of 3″ to 5″. You can check watering depth by lifting up a small corner of your new sod and digging down to see how far the water has penetrated.

On day 4 and 5 you can scale back the amount of water by about 20%.

30 Min per zone twice a day will usually get you close to the correct amount of water. If is the middle of summer you should add a third watering time to account for evaporation and extended sun exposure.

An easy way to tell your under-watering is to look for gaps between the sod. If this happens it means the sod has shrunk and you may need to add soil to make the lawn smooth again.

For the most part sod is fairly forgiving and harder to kill than most trees and plants. Don’t worry too much if you are late in your watering schedule or miss a watering cycle, it may just take a little more time to fully establish.

If you have questions contact us -We are your Calgary Landscaping Experts.

TIPS: Try not to walk on your new lawn when it is wet, to avoid leaving footprints in the new loam below.

Sod Watering Frequency - After 5 Days

On day 6 we will let the new roots dry out and begin training them to search out a deeper water source. Water on day 7, 8, 9 and stop on day 10 to dry out again.

Follow the watering chart for the remaining days until you reach the end of week 2. At this point you can mow your new lawn and then water it again on the same day after the cut.

When you reach the end of week 3 you can limit the water to twice a week. The time you water each area should also be adjusted.

Every yard is different for sun exposure, rain and slope, so you will have to refine your watering schedule to suit your specific property over time. 

Remember maintaining your lawn can be the key to lower maintenance and water costs.

TIPS: Avoid frequent light watering, which results in shallow rooting. The lawn will need a good soaking and then time to dry out. This trains the roots to go deep into the soil and creates a healthy lawn that discourages weed growth.

Long term over-watering will saturate your soil and prevent air from reaching the root zone where it’s required. Water evenly and slowly enough so that the water penetrates the soil without running off.

If you have an irrigation system you will have to adjust your watering schedual on your smart phone or tablet. Learn more about your WiFi residential irrigation controller.