Water Requirements for Freshly Laid Turfgrass

Cooler Months (March, April, and November) Watering Guide

 

  • WEEK 1: It is critical to water new turf the first 7 days. New sod requires 2" of water per day for the first 7 days. The total amount should be split up over 4 or 5 watering periods each day. The warmer the temperature, the more water you need to apply!!

  • WEEK 2: After the first 7 days, water at the rate of 1" per day for 7 days; split up over 2-3 watering periods each day.

  • WEEK 3: Water 1/2" per day every other day for 7 days. After the first two or three weeks, revert to watering 2 times per week based on the inch per month rates in the chart below.

  • WEEK 4 through the first season: Water as needed. Do not allow drying the first year. Turf is not fully established until after the first season!

May, September, and October Watering Guide

 

  • WEEK 1: It is critical to water new turf the first 7 days. New sod requires 2" or more of water per day for the first 7 days. The total amount should be split up over 4 or 5 watering periods each day. The warmer the temperature (over 90 degrees), the more water you need to apply!!

  • WEEK 2: After the first 7 days, water at the rate of 1"-2" per day for 7 days; split up over 2-3 watering periods each day.

  • WEEK 3: Water 1" per day every other day for 7 days. After the first two or three weeks, revert to watering 2 times per week based on the inch per month rates in the chart below.

  • WEEK 4 through the first season: Water as needed. Do not allow drying the first year. Turf is not fully established until after the first season!

Summer (June, July, and August) Watering Guide

 

  • WEEK 1: It is critical to water new turf the first 7 days. New sod requires 2" or more of water per day for the first 7 days. The total amount should be split up over 4 or 5 watering periods each day. The warmer the temperature (over 90 degrees), the more water you need to apply!!

  • WEEK 2: After the first 7 days, water at the rate of 2" per day for 7 days; split up over 2-3 watering periods each day.

  • WEEK 3: Water 1 - 2" per day every other day for 7 days. After the first two or three weeks, revert to watering 2 times per week based on the inch per month rates in the chart below.

  • WEEK 4 through the first season: Water as needed. Do not allow drying the first year. Turf is not fully established until after the first season!

Winter Watering Guide (December, January, and February)

 

  • WEEK 1: It is critical to water new turf the first 7 days. New sod requires 1" of water per day for the first 3 days. The total amount should be split up over 3 or 4 watering periods each day, if possible! After the first 3 days, water at the rate of 1/2", every other day for the rest of the week.

  • WEEK 2: Water 1/2" every 3rd day.

  • WEEK 3 and after: Revert to watering once per month based on the inch per month rates shown in the chart below.

  • If there is no natural precipitation during the winter months when your sprinklers are shut off, it may be necessary to hand-water. The warmer the temperature, the more water you need to apply! 

  • If snow is on the new sod Don't water! Don't worry until the ground starts to thaw out.

Water Needs of Established Turf Ater The First Year

 

Water needs per month, is shown in the chart below, depend on proper preparation, installation, and maintenance. Watering for the first season must be 20% more than the chart below.

 

The water needs shown in the chart are based on Kentucky Bluegrass. Fescue can use up to 30% -40% less water than Bluegrass, Turf Master Enviroturf™ can use up to 40% less water than Bluegrass, Nature's Prairie Turf™ can use up to 50% less water than Bluegrass, and Canadian Blue Fescue™ can use up to 40% -50% less water than Bluegrass. 

Watering Chart

 *The water needs shown in the chart are based on Kentucky Bluegrass. 

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