Fertilizing: Your lawn should be fertilized 30 days after installation. We recommend that you not use a weed and feed product on your new lawn. Purchase a fertilizer that is meant for the type of sod installed.
Watering: Is critical to the health of your new sod; we recommend watering as follows:
Water sod daily for the first 30 days, regardless of what type of sod you have. Watering should be done in the morning (before 8 a.m.) to decrease the chance of fungus growth on your new lawn. For an example, you can run each zone for a 40 minute cycle or you can run, two 20 minute cycles back to back (times may vary due to some applications), During the hotter or drier months you might have to water twice a day. New sod is exempt from the water restriction for the first 30 days, but check with your local county for exact regulations.
Mowing: Should not be done until your sod has fully taken root. This can take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks. When roots have take, the lawn should be mowed to a height of 3-4 inches for Floratam and Bahia and 1-2 inches for Zoysia, Seville and Bermuda. Make sure that your mower blade is sharp, if it's not it will tear the lawn instead of cutting it.
* Make sure sprinklers are set properly for correct duration and the number of days. If not set properly this could lead to over or under watering problems.
* Chinch bugs are about one-fifth of an inch long and black with white wings folded over their backs. They are most damaging to St. Augustine grass. Please contact your local pest control office, if your lawn is being inundated with these pests.
* Soil problems can also impair the growth of newly laid sod. For a free soil test call Lee County Extension Service @ (239) 533-7504
* During the first few weeks, avoid heavy or concentrated use of your new lawn. This gives the roots an opportunity to firmly knit with the soil, and insures that the turf will remain smooth.
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