Storing Sod on Pallets
How long does sod last on a pallet?
We guarantee 2 days. Storing it in shade will help extend its viability.
We cannot cut sod in the rain, or if the field is wet or soggy from recent heavy rain. Also, sod cannot be installed properly on wet, soft ground. If we cannot cut your sod due to weather related concerns, we will advise you as early as we can.
Walking on New Sod
Wondering how long until you can safely walk on new sod without damaging your new lawn?
It really is best to try to stay off of the grass as much as possible for the first 2 to 3 weeks after installation.
While you’ll most likely need to get around your lawn to ensure it’s being properly watered frequently enough, do your best to minimize the amount of traffic your fresh new yard gets.
Mowing New Sod
So, when should you mow your new sod?
Ideally, you should wait about 3 weeks, or 21 days to mow your new sod.
The first time you mow your new lawn, be mindful to only give it a light trim.
Start with the mower set as high as possible and gradually lower the deck height with each cutting.
For a truly healthy lawn, never cut more than 1/3 of the blade height.
Watering New Sod
When should I start watering my new sod?
It’s best to water your new sod as you are laying it.
As soon as you have an area large enough to water, water!
This will eliminate shrinkage and will hide the sod lines quickly. Ongoing watering should occur daily and frequently for about 2 weeks. Water should penetrate well below the sod mat to encourage root growth.
Fertilizing Sod Before Installation
Should I fertilize before laying my new sod?
It is perfectly acceptable to fertilize before installing sod, but not necessary.
The small new roots will benefit from the fertilizer but heavy watering during establishment may leach some of those nutrients down below the reach of the new roots.
In which case, fertilizing a week or two after installing sod and lightly watering will ensure the new roots will have complete access to all the nutrients they require.
Smaller and more frequent fertilizing will benefit the new sod greatly and avoid the excessive and heavy growth which may occur from heavy fertilizing especially during the long warm days of early summer.