Even though installing sod is much easier than painstakingly seeding your lawn and waiting weeks for grass to grow, you should still be familiar with these basic tips for new sod care. Available at most garden centers and home improvement stores (especially in the spring and early summer) sod usually comes in rolls and is generally inexpensive.
After you've measured your sod installation area, laid a good foundation of soil and compost and rolled the sod into place, you still must care for it. It's important to water your sod frequently when it's new. The recommended amount is at least an inch twice daily. If possible, try and water the sod in the evening or late in the day; this ensures that water is absorbed into the soil and not evaporated in the sun's rays. Remember to maintain a rigid watering schedule so that the sod roots will take hold.
You do not want to mow your sod directly after installing it. The best way to gauge the proper time for the first mowing is after the grass has reached 4 to 5 inches, which it should reach after 7 to 14 days. Also, you do not want to over-mow your lawn; a grass length of around 2 inches is ideal. Do not dispense of the resulting grass clippings, their presence will aid in the sod's growth.
Avoid applying a fertilization product to your newly installed sod until about two months have passed. When you do apply fertilizer, be sure to use products with a 2-1-1 or 4-1-3 ratio. After the sod has taken root and become established in the soil, the best times for regular fertilization are early in the fall and early in the spring.
By following these easy tips, you’ll ensure that your new sod will take root and look great for years to come.