How to Care For New Lawn Sod

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New lawn sod should be watered in the mornings or in the evenings to keep it well-hydrated, and it requires lots of sunshine to take root. Pay attention to newly laid sod with lawn care tips from a sustainable gardener in this free video on growing grass.

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to grow and take care of new lawn sod. Now especially if you live in a warm climate the easiest way to grow a new lawn is by sod and then you just roll out your new grass. Now once you have your new grass laid out there is a few rules you should follow. Number one, never let it dry out too much and never let it sit in water so the best time to put down sod is in the Spring or the Fall. You don't really want to do it in the heat of the Summer or in the cold of the Winter unless you live in a really warm climate. Now when you water you don't want to water in the heat of the day. You want to water either in the evenings or in the mornings because if you put down new sod and it is really hot sometimes it can get sun burned when you water it. Now you don't want to fertilize at all. You want to just let it get accustomed to your lawn because a lot of times I have found fertilizer just will wash right off and fertilizer won't address the issues. If it's got good soil underneath the sod you've got to make sure you have got a good base, a potting soil or an organic compost that's broken down so that it's got something to grab on to and you want good drainage because you don't want it just sitting right on clay or right on cement where there is no drainage at all but if you just make sure that you have got enough sun and that you water enough and that you don't fertilize you will have a gorgeous lawn before long.


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