Watering new plants is very important! Doing it correctly can eliminate disease and death.
Watering new sod helps it attach properly to your lawn. Learn how to do it correctly.
Newly planted trees or shrubs require more frequent watering than established trees and shrubs. They should be watered at planting time and at these intervals:
Checking the soil surrounding plants before watering is very important so you don’t over-water. Simply place your finger in the soil to check the dampness. If you’re still unsure, you can pick up a small amount of soil. If it clumps together, it is wet. If it crumbles apart, it is too dry and needs to be watered.
Keep the lawn moist at all times with frequent light sprinklings. The watering process should be repeated three times a day during the hottest months of the year, 80°plus, at approximately 8 AM, 11 AM and 2 PM (early, mid-morning and early afternoon), every day. A fourth watering may be added if necessary. DON’T LET THE LAWN DRY OUT! The key is to KEEP IT MOIST, NOT SOAKED. Too much water causes algae and fungus.
Watering is most effective if done during early morning hours when sunlight and heat cannot cause excessive evaporation. After your lawn becomes established it requires approximately
½ inch every other day, during the heat of the summer. Spring and fall may only require once or twice a week depending on weather conditions.
Cut water back during the winter. Sometimes your lawn will only require watering once or twice a month, depending on weather conditions. If your lawn needs water it will turn from bright green to blue or gray-green.
After you have let your soil absorb all the water for 1-2 days you may now mow your new sod lawn at the highest setting. Do not mow too often or short as heat can scorch the roots.