Plant and Sod Care

plant growing in a pair of hands
Sod Care:

First 2 Weeks after installation:

  • Apply 1/2” of water twice daily. It should feel “squishy” when you walk on it (although try to stay off of it as much as possible).
  • Check the soil – it should have moisture in the first 3 to 4 inches.
  • There is lack of water if sod edges are turning brown and/or there are gaps between rolls.
  • Water as early in the morning as possible.
  • Avoid hand watering because of uniformity issues.

Weeks 3-4:

  • Re-adjust watering time: reduce frequency of watering gradually after each mowing, while increasing the duration of each watering. Deeper, less frequent watering will help roots grow deeper and establish better.
  • Mow once sod has reached 4 to 5 inches, but make sure sod is firmly rooted before mowing.
  • Mow no shorter than 3 inches.

Plant Care:

Plants need water applied slowly.  In general, a deep soaking followed by time for the soil to dry out slightly is the best.  Frequent light watering encourages shallow root growth and can be detrimental to plants.  In average soil, newly planted shrubs and trees need 1 inch of water every week (usually between 2 waterings).  Here is a general watering guide for the first month of plantings.



Weather Conditions Daytime Temps Light/Sandy Soil Heavy/Clay Soil
Wet Not Applicable Avoid Watering Avoid Watering
Cool Under 60° F Every 3rd day Every 5th day
Warm Between 60°-80° F Every other day Every 3rd day
Hot Above 80° F Every day Every other day