How to Care for New Sod: A Beginners Guide

After laying new sod, it is important to take proper care of it to ensure that it grows healthy and strong. Here are some tips to help you take care of your new sod:


Immediately after you have laid your sod water it thoroughly and keep it moist for the first two weeks. Instead of sprinkling your lawn lightly, give it a good soak to allow the water to get into the topsoil. Moreover, stay off new sod during this period because the root system hasn’t been established yet.

After that, water it once a day for the next two weeks. Gradually reduce the amount of watering once every two days for the next two weeks. Finally, water is once a day for the next two weeks.

Make sure the soil is moist but not waterlogged.

Avoid watering during the hottest part of the day to prevent the water from evaporating too quickly.

How do you know you are not watering your new sod enough?

If you notice parts of your new sod turning brown, you are likely underwatering it, or you installed it in sections with shade. Make sure your grass receives ample sunlight and moisture, especially when it’s still young.

How do you know you are overwatering your new sod?

Some of the signs that you are overwatering your sod include an increase in weeds, mud at the base of the plant, and discoloration or wilting on top.

Another sign is if there’s water standing around your new grass plants for more than two hours after watering. If you see signs of overwatering your sod, you need to cut back on the amount of watering your new grass gets. You can skip one day or a day and a half of watering to allow the soil underneath to absorb the water. The soil should be moist and not soggy.


Wait until the new sod has grown to a height of 3-4 inches before mowing it for the first time. Make sure that the mower blades are sharp and set at a height of 2-3 inches. Do not remove more than one-third of the grass blade length at any one time.


We covered watering your new sod, and now it is time to talk about fertilizing your new sod. Fertilizing your new sod after it has been laid is a good idea.


Aerate your lawn twice a year to improve soil drainage and promote root growth.

 For more information about our Aeration Service, please contact the office at (717)873-8545.