Maintaining a beautiful lawn is not an easy feat, especially in Louisiana, where summers are hot, humid and rainy and winters can be very dry. As a homeowner, one of the essential things you can do to ensure your lawn stays lush and green is to water it consistently and adequately. But when it comes to watering new sod, it can be a bit overwhelming. How often should you water it? How much water does it need? In this ultimate guide, we will dive into the new sod watering schedule in Louisiana, and everything you need to know to make your lawn thrive.
In the first few days after laying new sod, it is crucial to keep it hydrated until the roots establish in the soil. During this period, the grass will require frequent watering to stay healthy. Depending on the weather and the time of the year, you should water the new sod two times a day for the first two weeks.
After the first two weeks, decrease to once per day. Continue to water your lawn every day for the next two weeks, ensuring that it gets enough water to establish a strong root system.
Early morning or late in the evening are the best times to water new sod. Because the temperatures are generally cooler and the sun is not strong enough to evaporate the water too quickly and it will have more time to seep into the soil, giving your new lawn sufficient hydration.
Signs of Over and Under Watering
Over-watering your lawn can damage it and make it susceptible to diseases. If you notice that the soil remains soggy or there are areas of standing water, it’s a sign that you are over-watering your lawn. On the other hand, if the grass starts turning brown and crispy, or the soil is visibly drying out then you are not watering it enough.
When to Mow for the First Time?
It’s best to wait at least 3-4 weeks before mowing new sod. This gives it plenty of time to establish its roots. Make sure the mower deck is on its highest setting so not too much of the grass blade is cut as this can harm the turf.
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