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By Ariana Rhew

Installing your brand-new sod lawn is fairly simple. Sod should be set in place on dry ground within a day of when it gets there. When temperatures are above 80 degrees water the ground the previous day to bring down the soil heat. Do not over water making sure that you or the installers are not operating in the mud. When the sod is fitted the 1st irrigating needs to saturate the sod and moisten the soil. All you do is water often and stay off. Continue to keep the lawn damp continually, when possible by regular quick sprinklings. Water twice a day at 8AM and 1PM (early morning and early afternoon) if the tempuratures are under 95. The watering process should be repeated three times a day during the hottest months of the season, 95 plus, at approximately 8 AM, 11AM and 1PM day-to-day. DON'T LET THE LAWN DRY OUT!!! Remember fondly the key is to maintain IT MOIST, NOT SOAKED. Sinking brings about algae and fungus.

Watering is most effective if done during morning hours time, 3 or 4 am, when sunlight and also heat cannot cause excessive evaporation. After your lawn becomes established it needs approximately 1 inches of water every week, inch every other day, through the heat of the summer. Spring and fall might require a couple of times a week watering based on weather conditions. Cut water back during the winter season, sometimes your lawn will simply require watering once or twice a month, depending on weather conditions. The soil needs to be drenched through when watered. Water should penetrate at the least 6 inches into the soil to insure profound rooting. If your lawn requires water it will turn from bright green to blue or gray-green.

Commercial fertilizer should be applied just before your laying the sod at a rate of 1 lb. per 150 Sq. Ft. This use of fertilizer ought to provide the nutrients to get the sod a healthy start. An extra use of fertilizer must be applied all over again every 6 to 8 weeks. We propose an all purpose fertilizer like triple 15 or 16. Lawns ordinarily do not need feeding during Dec. or Jan. Remember when you notice a lawn that looks great its because the owner has been doing quick and easy things with consistency, proper watering, mowing, fertilizing and weed control.

A different sod lawn should be mowed for the first time between 10-14 days. Delaying the first cutting permits a lot of shading, blade widening and possible sunburn. Set your lawn mower at its maximum setting, lowering a setting each mowing until the lawn is cut at 2 inches. Never remove more that 1/3 of the blade length at any mowing. Weekly mowing is a must throughout the growing season. Lawnmower blades should always be kept sharp to stop bruised and torn grass which develops unsightly white blade tops.

Weeds will appear in your new lawn. They come from seeds which may have lain dormant in your yard or which have been carried in by wind or birds. These weeds can best be controlled by growing good healthy grass. Grass which is well watered, mowed, and well fertilized provides an excessive amount of competition for weed plants to achieve any stronghold. However there are chemical remedies which will be able to help whenever your lawn has matured, usually after 3 mowings. Weed -B-Gon for broad leaf and Weed-hoe for grassy weeds. Pre-emergent is necessary to maintain crabgrass, spurge and approximately 35 other weeds from your lawn. Treatment should be applied the primary part of February and again in mid May on a yearly basis. In case your lawn ever become damaged or have bare spots, reseed or sod immediately to stop competing weed growth from becoming established.

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