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At Dash Acres Turf Farm, we’re proud of the high quality, affordable and beautiful product we provide. We’re committed to offering only the best sod product and customer satisfaction is a top priority - that said, maintenance is the key to success.
Protecting and maintaining your turf investment are straightforward processes that allow you to grow lush green grass that you can enjoy for years to come.
Below are some ways to ensure adequate care for your new sod.
You must douse your sod with water as soon as you lay it, within the first hour at the latest. Watering frequently keeps the delicate roots from drying out, especially if your sod faces full exposure to sunlight, and it prevents the sod from shrinking in size. Make sure you water uniformly, so it reaches roots and becomes soggy. Keep soaking it this way with water for the first two weeks.
If temperatures rise or you live in a hot area, you can put sprinklers on every two hours to make sure water penetrates the soil through each panel of sod, especially the edges and the seam. In the summer months, it is always best to water either at night or early morning (when chances of evaporation are minimum). Avoid watering in the evenings, since it may increase the chances of fungus growth.
If your sod starts paling in colour, it means it is not receiving enough water. Continue watering it thoroughly, so it collects moisture and resumes its previous colour.
Once the sod is well rooted (after a month has lapsed), you can cut back the heavy watering schedule to once every two days for a half-hour to ensure slightly moist soil (ensuring no pooling). However, on unusually hot days, you can water twice a day, once in the morning and then at night (for 15 minutes each).
Our sod is already fertilized with a high nitrogen fertilizer on our farm to help give it a healthy start.
We recommend fertilizing once again on the installation with a low-grade starter and water it immediately to prevent the sod from getting burnt. Remember to fertilize your sod every 50 to 60 days from March to October, resuming this pattern again next spring. Active fertilizing in the winter can stress your sod. Use a weed control fertilizer to tackle weeds, if any. In your maintenance plan, we will help you choose environmentally friendly products that will suit your lawn best.
Even the slightest pressure on your newly laid sod can cause the delicate root system to tear before it is fully formed (delaying the knitting process with the soil and at the seams). If you have any children or pets, you need to cordon off the area where you have laid sod for three weeks by making a simple, yet functional, wireframe that will serve its purpose.
Wait at least three-four weeks before mowing your sod to ensure the roots have established themselves into the soil (and will not break due to the weight of the mower). Remember not to mow more than 1/3 of the leaf length the first time, taking it down from there with each successive mowing (until you reach the height you wish to maintain).
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