The sod that you have just purchased is of the highest quality. We have put together a few helpful reminders to ensure your investment in a beautiful yard.
Arrival – Your sod was cut fresh just prior to delivery. You should plan to lay the sod as soon as you can after delivery; this is especially helpful in warmer weather. If there is any delay, keep the sod in a shaded area and sprinkle it occasionally.
Installation – Except for the physical workout, sod installation is relatively easy. It is helpful to begin installing sod along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk. Before laying sod, use a “Starter” fertilizer on the ground (divide recommended quantity in half, putting half on the ground and the other half on top of sod after installation and before watering). Butt and push the edges against each other tightly, trying to avoid gaps or overlaps. Stagger the joints in each row in a brick like fashion. Use a sharp knife to trim around corners, trees or sprinkler heads. In sloped areas place the sod across the slope. Rolling your new yard after installation can be very beneficial if your ground is somewhat lumpy or very soft. It is usually best to wait a few days after installation to roll your turf and try to roll it when it has sufficient moisture.
Watering – Proper watering is the single most important step in the establishment of your new sod. It is necessary to begin watering your new lawn as soon as you get it laid. In extremely hot weather, it is helpful to work a section out, get the water on it and then continue laying the sod. It is also best to cool the soil first, by watering before laying the sod, when the weather is hot. After the sod is in place, water it to a depth of about 4” and then two-three times daily for about two weeks. Weather conditions will dictate the amount and frequency of watering. Sometimes in the hot summer months, watering it two to three times daily (mid morning, early afternoon and early evening) is most beneficial, keeping it almost to the point where it is too wet to walk on. After two weeks, you may resume a normal watering schedule by cutting back the frequency and deepening the waterings. Strip edges, sod ends, and borders will be the first to dry out and turn a yellowish color. Since the demand for water is greater in these spots it may be helpful to apply water to them directly from the hose. Once again, an efficient watering program is the key to a beautiful and healthy lawn and with Colorado’s dry climate it is critical to keep this in mind.
Fertilizing – The sod you have purchased has been grown and cared for very carefully before its delivery to you. Fertilization has been an important part of this process and should be continued in the care of your lawn. Once the sod is installed, it is very helpful to fertilize it with a balanced fertilizer to give it a good and strong start. We recommend fertilizing right after installation so that the fertilizer can be absorbed while working down through the roots. Another application should be applied after your first mowing and again one month following the first mowing. Follow with a fertilization plan every six weeks during the growing season.
Mowing – You can begin mowing your lawn anywhere from ten days to two weeks after installation. Your sod has been trimmed prior to delivery so that by the time it needs to be mowed it should be safe to do so. Maintain a height of cut of 2½ or 3 inches. Cutting off more than 1/3rd of the blade at any one time could damage the newly installed sod.
The establishment of your new Hydro-seeded lawn is easy. The seed, fertilizer and mulch are in place. All you have to do now is water.Keep the lawn moist at all times, preferably by frequent light watering. A good rule of thumb is 5 (five) times each day. We suggest 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Water just long enough to wet the surface of the ground, avoiding run-off. After you have watered a few times, you will know how much time it takes for your sprinklers to wet the ground. DO NOT LET THE LAWN DRY OUT. If the germinating seedlings dry out, they may die. If you have chosen a Fescue lawn, you should see the seeds begin to germinate in 7-10 days from the time of seeding.
If you have chosen a Bluegrass lawn (Bluegrass/Perennial Ryegrass mix), you should see the Ryegrass seeds begin to germinate in 5-7days and the Bluegrass seeds begin to germinate in 14-28 days. This may vary slightly according to watering practices and air temperatures. You should be able to mow your new lawn 3-4 weeks from the date of seeding. You will want to let the soil dry out for a few days before you mow to prevent the mower from becoming bogged down in the mud. After you mow, and before turning the water back on, you should fertilize (see next paragraph).
At this point, you should start to decrease the frequency of your watering and increase the amount of water applied at each setting. All new lawns require additional fertilizer. We recommend that four (4) weeks after seeding, Ammonium Sulfate (21-0-0), be applied at the rate of five (5) pounds per 1,000 sq. ft. Although a starter fertilizer was put down at the time of seeding, the new plants will quickly use up those nutrients. High Country Lawns will return in 8-12 weeks (depending upon the maturity of the plants, usually 8 weeks for Fescue and 10-12 weeks for Bluegrass) to apply an application of fertilizer and broad-leaf weed control.