New Lawn Installation Guide
Install your lawn immediately upon delivery. Don’t forget to apply your pre-plant fertilizer on top of dirt, below sod. Sod is a living plant that requires soil contact, moisture and sunshine for survival.
Begin installing sod along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk. Butt all edges together tightly without stretching and avoid gaps or overlaps. Stagger the joints in each row in a brick–like pattern. Avoid leaving small strips at the outer edge, as they will not retain moisture well. Protect exposed edges with dirt or edging when finished.
Give your new lawn at least 1 inch of water within 1/2 hour of installation. For the first 2 weeks water twice daily, or more often with hot windy conditions, keeping sod moist. Once the sod is firmly rooted (about 2 weeks) begin less frequent and deeper watering. (A turquoise color is the first stage of drought stress and your signal to soak your lawn.) Remember that wind patterns and heat reflection (e.g., windows, sidewalks) may affect water needs.