Installation

Caution - Landscaping Instructions to maintain your sodded lawn or gold course - Manitoba grown lawn grass, drought resistant sod and golf course sod - Gusta Sod Farms is your landscaping partner, selling sod to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, across Canada and the USA. Sod is extremely perishable. Install Immediately, protect your investment.

 

Begin installing sod along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk. Butt and push edges and ends against each other tightly, without stretching. Avoid gaps or overlaps. Stagger the joints in each row in a brick-like fashion, using a large sharp knife to trim corners, etc. Avoid leaving small strips at outer edges, as they will not retain moisture. On slopes, place the sod pieces across the slope.

To avoid causing indentations or air pockets avoid repeated walking or kneeling on the sod while it is being installed or just after watering.

After installing the sod, roll over the entire area to improve sod/soil contact and remove air pockets.

Watering Your Sodded Lawn

Give your new lawn at least 2 to 3 cm. (1 in.) of water immediately after installation. Water daily, or more often, keeping sod moist until it is firmly rooted (about 2 weeks). Then less frequent and deeper watering should begin.

Weather conditions will dictate the amount and frequency of watering. Be certain that your new lawn has enough moisture to survive hot, dry, or windy periods. Water areas near buildings more often where reflected heat dries sod.

Watering Tip: make absolutely certain that water is getting to all areas of your new lawn, regardless of the type of sprinkling system you use. Corners and edges are easily missed by many sprinklers and are particularly vulnerable to drying out faster than the center portion of your new lawn.

Water as early in the morning as possible to take advantage of the daily start of the grass' normal growing cycle, usually lower wind speeds and considerably less loss of water because of high temperature evaporation.

During the remainder of the growing season, most lawns will do very well with a maximum total of 2 to 3 cm (1 in.) of water a week, coming either from rain or applied water. Soil conditions may dictate the amount of water to be applied in two applications, approximately two to three days apart. This amount of water, properly applied, is all that is required for the health of the grass, providing it is applied evenly and saturates the underlying soil depth of 10 to 15 cm. (4 to 6 in.)

 

Sod Care Tips

Lawn Care

Because sod is a living product, it requires care. Keep in mind that your lawn should be watered when it's dry, must be mowed at regular intervals and should be fertilized at least twice a year.

Mow often, generally removing no more than 1/3 of the grass height. Keep your mower blade sharp.

Fertilizing

The nutritional needs of a lawn are based on the availability of the nutrients to the plants in the root zone area. Most lawns require supplemental feeding from fertilizer.

  • Nitrogen (for lush green leaf growth)
  • Phosphorus (for root growth)
  • Potassium (Potash - Increases resistance to disease and drought)

Good results can be expected from two applications. The first application should be made in mid-May, the second should be made in mid-August.

Dribble or drop type spreaders are fairly accurate. Good results can be achieved by dividing the total amount of fertilizer to be applied in half and applying each half over the entire lawn in opposite directions. Always spread fertilizer on a dry lawn. Wet grass (even with dew) can be burned when the fertilizer dissolves on the leaves. Water the lawn heavily immediately after fertilizing to dissolve the fertilizer. This makes it available to the plant by washing it off the grass leaves and down to the roots.

Move the spreader off the lawn when filling it. Accidentally spilled fertilizer is difficult to pick off the grass. The consequence may be a very lush patch, or a burned spot. Close the spreader whenever you stop or turn, otherwise the fertilizer continues to spill out.

 

Caution - Care of your newly sodded lawn or golf course - Manitoba grown lawn grass, drought resistant sod and golf course sod - Gusta Sod Farms is your landscaping partner, selling sod to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, across Canada and the USA. Caution: During the first three weeks, avoid heavy or concentrated use of your new lawn. This gives the roots opportunity to firmly knit with soil and ensures that the lawn remains smooth.
Manitoba grown lawn grass, drought resistant sod and golf course sod - Gusta Sod Farms is your landscaping partner, selling sod to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, across Canada and the USA.
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