After pondering whether you should install a new sod Ottawa lawn, you’ve decided to finally take action to have that beautiful front walkway and backyard. You’re happy you’ve settled on your decision for the green lush, but you also want to keep it that way. Sod takes some time to establish its roots into the ground, so it’s vital to ensure it does so without any problems. Here, you’ll find tips on how to keep your grass that wonderful colour instead of turning yellow.
We’ve mentioned previously how it’s important to water the lawn thoroughly because new sod requires more water than average to establish its roots in the ground. However, over time the amount of water should gradually decrease until it reaches regular watering amount.
How to Water
- First 7-10 days: 5-10 minutes of watering, soaking the first few inches of soil 2 or 3 times daily
- Second 7-10 days: soak only about 1/4 inch of the soil, once a day
- Third 7-10 days: soak about 1/2 inch of the soil, every other day
- In the 4th week, the roots should be establish in the soil and you can water your lawn just once or twice a week
Since it takes time for a new sod lawn to establish its roots, it can’t yet absorb any nutrients from the fertilizer. Prior to harvesting, sod is already fertilized, so adding even more could lead to over-fertilizing and nitrogen burn which would turn the soil yellow. Fertilizing shouldn’t be done until at least 30 or 60 days have passed after initial installation.
Own a Pet?
If you own an outdoor pet, such as a dog, then it’s obvious that they would do their business outside. These cute creatures could potentially harm parts of your grass. Did you know that pet urine contains high levels of nitrogen? Just like with too much fertilizer, too much nitrogen isn’t good for the grass because it will turn it yellow. What should you do? You can simply increase the watering in these areas to dilute the urine, and after some time you’ll see your lawn regain its wonderful green colour.
Following through with these tips should help keep your new sod fresh and healthy to keep its wonderful green colour for years to come. Enjoy your lush lawn!