New sod is a great way to establish a thick, healthy lawn. However, new sod needs regular irrigation and fertilization in order to help it establish itself properly. If you’re planning to lay new sod on your lawn, you’re probably wondering when you should apply fertilizer. When is the best time to do this? In this guide, we will discuss the different times that you should fertilize your new sod, as well as how to go about doing it.
As soon as you’ve laid the last piece of sod on your lawn, the work has just begun. While laying new sod gives your lawn a great head start, it is still very fragile and must be cared for properly in order to survive and thrive. One of the most important things you can do for a new sod is to fertilize it.
The first time that you should fertilize your new sod is right after you have laid it down. This will give the sod a boost of nutrients that it needs in order to get started. You can use general-purpose fertilizer for this.
The next time you should fertilize your new sod is about six weeks after you have laid it down. At this point, the roots of the sod will have had a chance to grow and establish themselves, and they will be able to better absorb the fertilizer. You can use lawn fertilizer for this application.
Finally, you should fertilize your new sod one last time in the fall, before the winter sets in. This will help the sod to survive the winter and come back strong in the spring. Again, you can use lawn fertilizer for this.
Before you plant your sod, the soil should be tested for pH, phosphorous, and potassium levels. These tests will help determine what fertilizer is best for your new lawn.
They also determine if there are amendments that need to be added before planting. For example, in areas with soil that tends to be alkaline, lime may need to be added to balance the pH level (which affects how well the grass absorbs nutrients).
In most areas, fall is the best time of year to add amendments and lime. That gives them time to work into the soil before planting in mid-winter or early spring when temperatures are cool enough for seed germination but not so cold that dormancy sets in. This helps get a jump start on spring growth.
After your initial fertilizer application, you should wait at least six weeks before applying more. After that, you can apply fertilizer every four to six weeks during the growing season. Be sure to use a lawn fertilizer that has a high nitrogen content in order to promote growth.
When applying fertilizer to new sod, you should use a broadcast spreader. This will help to evenly distribute the fertilizer over the entire area. Be sure to follow the directions on the fertilizer package in order to avoid damaging the sod.
After you have applied the fertilizer, water it in well. This will help the roots of the sod to absorb the nutrients from the fertilizer.
Once the grass is established, you can fertilize it following these guidelines:
If you have followed the steps above, your new sod should be well on its way to a healthy start. Be sure to fertilize it according to the schedule laid out in this article, and soon you’ll be enjoying a lush, green lawn.