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3 Sod Maintenance Mistakes You Should Avoid at all Costs

You probably want a beautiful and green lawn. Who doesn’t, if we are to be honest? It’s basically the first thing people see when they’re looking at your house. It’s important to take care of it.

The best way to make it look good is by making the most out of sod. For those who don’t know, sod is basically grass that’s been already planted. Most of you also know it as turf grass, and it’s sold in sections made out of grass and soil that are held together by roots.

Should I use seeds?

There are some who choose to use seeds, others go for sod. It’s better to use sod, though, as it’s more reliable than seeds – this is one of the reasons why it’s so popular with home owners.

What are the pros and cons of sod?

The pros: you’ll get the lawn of your dreams much faster than you’d get it from grass seed. Also, you can start mowing your lawn sooner, because the grass will grow faster and nicely.

When it comes to sod, you don’t have to wait for a certain period of time to install it. However, for grass seeds, you might have to wait a bit – depending on the weather.

Also, you won’t have to waste time by pulling weeds in the summer. It doesn’t need much water, so don’t worry if you forgot to water it once or twice.

The cons: it’s very expensive to use sod, more expensive than it is to use seeds. Some of the sections may not take root, and you’ll have to take them out and put some new ones. It’s also harder to install, than it is with seeds.

While sod is often picked as a low maintenance option, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need maintenance at all. Unfortunately, a lot of people end up either ignoring the sod maintenance instructions that were given to them or treating their newly sodded lawn as they would treat any other type of lawn.

But if you don’t want to end up ruining your sod and having to start over, you should follow a few basic instructions and make sure that you don’t commit some crucial mistakes.

Here are some of the most common mistakes people make with their newly sodded lawn.

Mowing too Often

mowing too much

Many people are still unaware of this, but keeping your grass blades too low could lead to many issues with your lawn. You should always make sure that you keep your grass above a certain height to avoid complications.

If you cut your lawn too close to the ground, this might end up drying up the soil as well as promoting the growth of weeds. And you should never cut too much of your grass at once.

Ideally, you should never cut more than 30% of your lawn’s length when mowing, even if it’s been a while.

Also read:

How Often Should You Mow Your Lawn and Its Benefits

When to Mow New Sod

Not Watering Enough

Importance of Irrigation

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Homeowners today are increasingly conscious of their water consumption and are trying to save as much as they can. However, not giving your fresh new land the water that it needs is a sure recipe for disaster.

Irrigation is important for your lawn regardless, but even more so when it was just installed. You should also be aware of the irrigation needs for your particular type of lawn and set your sprinklers accordingly.

Be aware that your lawn will need more water as temperatures rise. And make sure that you monitor rainfall as well and reduce irrigation to prevent over watering.

You’ll also have to reduce the number of times you water your lawn per day after a few weeks, but you should water for longer periods of time to promote deep penetration, according to KG Landscape. Deep water penetration results in stronger, deeper roots, which translates to stronger, healthier grass.

Not Fertilizing Correctly


This is the part a lot of owners get wrong. Using the right type of fertilizer and using it the right way is absolutely essential for a healthy lawn. You should choose the fertilizer based on your soil’s condition and your particular type of grass. That’s why it’s essential that you test the sod’s soil for any type of deficiency.

ReadWhen to Apply Fertilizer for New Sod

You should also make sure that you ask your landscaper how soon after the installation the lawn should be fertilized. And know that the best time of the year to fertilize the lawn is usually during spring or fall.

Keeping your fresh newly sodded lawn nice and healthy all boils down to a few basic principles. Make sure that you keep these few simple tips in mind if you want to enjoy a picture-perfect lawn for years to come.

3 Sod Maintenance Mistakes You Should Avoid at all Costs

About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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