MAINTAINING SOD FOR AN AWARD-WINNING LAWN
February 3, 2020
Sod is popular in new construction for the immediate beautifying effect that a crisp, green lawn provides. Though it requires far less maintenance than seeded grass, a bit of upkeep will leave your sod beautiful for years to come.
New sod is treated to be pest and disease-resistant, but weather and watering will wash away this protective barrier over time. Keep webworms, grubs, and other pests away with a combination of maintenance to maintain grass resilience and a control product suited to the pest and your grass. Additionally, avoid cutting more than one-third of the blade off when mowing to prevent scalping, which can cause excessive weed growth or even death.
New sod can handle light foot traffic within a couple of weeks of installation, and heavy traffic after 4 to 6 months. Discolored spots or visible footprints can indicate traffic-induced stress. Pay extra attention to areas around swing sets, doors, and footpaths to note traffic issues before they cause excessive damage. These areas can be aerated after several days of heavy watering and dethatching to bring water and air back into the soil.