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Watering Sod: Five Tips for a Beautiful Lawn

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

Installing sod in your yard is a big investment, and watering sod is the best way to protect it. Start a schedule for watering as soon as the sod is installed, and before long you will have a lawn that is the envy of the neighbors!

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Tips for Watering Sod

Watering sod should be done on a regular schedule, especially during the first few weeks. Your landscape company might have further instructions, but these tips should get you started:

  • Water twice per day for at least a week. Water the sod for fifteen minute blocks each time, giving about an inch of water per session.
  • After the first week, water once a day. Water in fifteen minute blocks every day for the next week or two. Keep up the schedule until you see the sod taking root.
  • Moist, not muddy. Feel the sod while you are watering it. It should be moist, but not muddy. It might take a few waterings to figure out how much water your sod really needs.
  • Water at night. The best time for watering sod is at night, when less of the water is evaporated by the sun. If you can't water the sod at night, try to do it during the hours of dawn and dusk.
  • Eventually decrease the watering but increase the water. As the weeks go by, you can water less often, but water more at each session. Longer sod uses water more efficiently, so you won't have to worry about overwatering as much as you did in the beginning.

Watering sod might seem like a tedious task, but a lush, green lawn is worth the effort. It can make your backyard a beautiful place to enjoy!

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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