STEVE'S LAWN AND LANDSCAPING SERVICE, INC.
CARE AND INSTRUCTION SHEET
HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO CARE FOR AND PROTECT YOUR NEW
The sod you have received is the finest you can possibly purchase. It has been delivered and installed within 24 hours of harvesting in its full freshness and vigor, free of weeds, disease and insect infestation. But like any living plant that has been cut out of the ground, put on a truck, driven down a freeway, and replanted at your location, it must now devote its energies to reestablishing itself with new root growth. A pre-plant fertilizer has been applied to the ground before laying the sod.
Proper watering is essential to the establishment of your new sod. During the first week, keep sod and soil completely soakedit is almost impossible to over water during this period. As a general guide, during cool season, water once a day for the first two weeks. During the third week, reduce watering to once every third day. Watering times should be approximately 15 - 20 minutes. During the hot season, water three times a day during the critical first week. If water starts to puddle, cut back a bit on watering time. During the second week, reduce watering to one time per day, gradually allowing the soil to firm. During the third week, reduce watering to one time every second or third day. This will make it possible for you to mow for the first time toward the end of week three. After three weeks your sod should be established and you may cut back to a normal watering routine for your location.
Frequency and length of watering will depend on how warm, how windy, and how rapidly the lawn dries out following each watering. Remember that the goal during week one is to keep the sod and the soil beneath moist all of the times. Make sure that your sprinkler system gives you head to head coverage so water application is uniform. This is critical as almost all sod failures are due to improper coverage of the irrigation system.
We cannot stress the proper watering program too much. Please re-read watering instructions above.
Stay off you new sod for at least 14 days.
Mow after three weekswith your mower set at the highest cutting height to reduce scalping. Never mow off more than 1/3 of the height of the grass.
Fertilize your new sod three weeks after the installation and every six weeks thereafter.
Control your pets! Urine spots and "foot printing" on soft soggy sod may cause permanent problems.
Steve's Landscaping and Irrigation offers no guarantee other than that the sod being delivered is in a healthy living state and that it has been installed properly.