How to Care for Bermuda Sod

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Bermuda grass has been the lawn of choice for much of the United States for decades. It is often used in parks and on golf courses because it grows so lush and green and requires little care. But growing Bermuda grass from seed can take longer than you might want to spend. Bermuda sod is a great way to get a rich, green lawn full of healthy grass in a short time, and lawn care for the new sod is easy.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Slow-release, high-nitrogen fertilizer
  • Fertilizer spreader or sprayer
  • Goggles
  • Dust mask
  • Long-sleeved shirt and pants
  • Rubber boots
  • Small lawn stakes
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • 2-by-6-inch strips of bright cloth
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Instructions

    • 1

      Water the sod twice a day for the first 10 days to 2 weeks, with the water penetrating to a depth of 8 to 12 inches and that you are getting at least a little run-off.

    • 2

      Fertilize the sod after two weeks. Water the lawn thoroughly. Wear long pants and long sleeves, a dust mask and goggles and rubber boots. Slowly walk the fertilizer spreader along the lawn, first moving back and forth along the length of your lawn, and then again back and forth along the width.

    • 3

      Walk the lawn back and forth along its width if you are using a sprayer. It is not necessary with a sprayer to then go along the width, since sprayers distribute the fertilizer more widely than a spreader does.

    • 4

      Place the stakes around the edge of the fertilized area, spacing them about 4 feet apart. You should not need a hammer for this, since the soil should be soft and damp.

    • 5

      Make a "fence" by tying the twine from stake to stake. Wrap the twine two or three times around each stake, and then staple it to make sure it will stay put.

    • 6

      Tie the little strips of bright cloth at intervals along the twine to keep people from tripping over the "fence "and as one more reminder not to walk on the new grass. Leave the stakes, twine and cloth up for at least 24 hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always fertilize when the sod is freshly watered.

  • Keep children and pets away from the sod when you are fertilizing it.

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