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New Sod Watering Instructions

*Every irrigation system will vary on the runtime needed. It is important to check the new sod daily for adjustments.

If daytime temperatures are above 80° and below 95°:
  • Set water days to every other day for the first week or two.
  • Runtimes for each zone may need to be increased so water is penetrating through the sod and into the soil below, but only needs to soak about 1” into the soil layer.
  • Check soil and sod on days in-between watering days. If soil is heavily saturated, then it is time to back off runtime or watering days.
  • After the first week check to see if you can easily lift a piece of sod out of the ground. If you can continue on the watering schedule for one more week. If the sod appears to be well rooted in, then adjust watering to your normal weekly schedule.
If daytime temperatures are 79° or below:
  • Set water days to three to four days per week.
  • Runtimes for each zone may need to be increased so water is penetrating through the sod and into the soil below, but only needs to soak about 1” into the soil layer.
  • Check soil and sod on days in-between watering days. If soil is heavily saturated, then it is time to back off runtime or watering days.
  • After the first week adjust watering to two days per week and resume normal runtimes.
If daytime temperatures are 96° or above:
  • Set water days to run every day.
  • May need to set multiple runtimes per day and have them run in the early afternoon to help cool off the turf.
  • Runtimes for each zone may need to be increased so water is penetrating through the sod and into the soil below, but only needs to soak about 1” into the soil layer.
  • Check sod daily to see if any adjustments need to be made.
  • After the first week adjust system to run every other day.
  • After week two, adjust to water three days per week and then can be returned to a normal watering schedule.
  • May need to alter the schedule if the temperatures or the wind are extreme. It is very important to check the sod every day for a healthy grow-in.

*Water districts allow a 30 or 60 day grow-in exemption for watering outside of restrictions while your turf becomes established.

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