Sod Care

Caring for your Lawn

Good turf growth starts with a proper soil preparation. When the soil is taken care of plants will thrive. Watering new turf is extremely important as is fertilization, turf food. Mowing and overall maintenance are as significant as water and fertilizer for your turf.

Consider Investing in an Irrigation System

Water is most accurately applied when using a quality sprinkler system with an ET controller on well-prepared soils (ET is the rate at which plants use water is called evapotranspiration or ET. Temperature, humidity, wind, and light all influence the ET rate. When watering, you only need to replace the amount of water that has been lost due to ET). 


Watering times will vary for each sprinkler zone depending on the type of sprinkler head, location, slope, and temperature. An irrigation system that is properly designed, installed, and maintained will uniformly and efficiently deliver water to your lawn and save you valuable time and money.


It is highly recommended that you fertilize with Turf Master’s High Phosphorus fertilizer at the time of installation. Each lawn has different fertilization needs depending on the sod type, environmental conditions, soil type, and maintenance.

For more helpful information on caring for your sod, please visit our blog.

Soil Preparation

  •   Subsoil or rip 6 – 10 inches deep.

  • Till 4 – 8 inches deep.

  • Apply organic matter/compost at a minimum of 3 cubic yards per 1000 sq. ft. For optimal results, apply 6 cubic yards per 1000 sq. ft., especially for hard soils.

  • After ripping, amending, tilling, and grading; the soil is ready for planting.  


Water Requirements for Freshly Laid Turfgrass

Cool Months (March, April, and November) Watering Guide:

May, September, and October Watering Guide:

Summer (June, July, and August) Watering Guide:

Winter (December, January, and February) Watering Guide:

Water Needs of Established Turf After the First Year:


  • You can mow 10 days to 2 weeks after laying new sod.

  • Turn the water off for 1 full day before mowing.

  • When mowing, never remove more than one-third of the leaf blade.

  • Mowing height is recommended to be 2 ½ - 3 inches.

    • A higher cut conserves more water.

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