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Taking care of your beautiful new sod here is just a matter of following these simple guidelines. Keep in mind that Indianapolis, Indiana weather can sometimes surprise us depending on the day. With these steps, you’ll keep your sod grass looking green even when we are having a dry stretch or unpredictable weather. 

How soon after installing the sod should I start watering it?

It is crucial to water your newly installed sod immediately after installation. Start watering within 30 minutes to prevent the sod from drying out.

How often should I water the sod after installation? 

Water your sod daily for the first two weeks, providing enough moisture to keep the soil underneath consistently moist. As the roots establish, gradually reduce the frequency to 2-3 times per week, ensuring deep watering.

How long should I continue watering the sod?

Continue watering the sod regularly for about 4-6 weeks until it has fully rooted into the soil. After that, you can transition to a more typical watering schedule based on the weather conditions.

Can I mow the sod immediately after installation?

It is best to wait until the sod has rooted firmly into the soil before mowing it. This usually takes around 2-3 weeks. Once the roots are established, you can mow the sod following the general guidelines for mowing your particular grass type.

How frequently should I mow the sod? 

The mowing frequency will depend on the grass type you have installed. In general, aim to mow your sod when it reaches about one-third higher than its recommended mowing height.

Are there any special considerations for fertilizing the sod?

It is recommended to fertilize your sod within the first month of installation to aid in root development. Follow the guidelines provided by the sod farm or consult with a local expert to determine the appropriate fertilizer and application rate.

Should I be concerned about weeds after installing sod? 

Weeds can pose a threat to newly installed sod. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide before installing the sod to minimize weed growth. Additionally, promptly remove any visible weeds that may appear on the sod surface.

How long before I can use the sodded area?

It is best to avoid heavy foot traffic on the sod for the first few weeks to allow the roots to establish firmly. The specific time frame may vary depending on the grass type and weather conditions, but generally, you can start using the area lightly after 2-3 weeks.

Do I need to provide any special care during extreme weather conditions?

Yes, extreme weather conditions like high temperatures or drought can stress the newly installed sod. Ensure proper watering during such conditions, increasing the frequency and duration if necessary. If there are frost or freeze warnings, cover the sod with a frost blanket to protect it.

Where can I find additional information or guidance regarding sod maintenance? 

For specific information and guidance related to sod maintenance in Indianapolis, you can consult with the sod farm from which you purchased the sod. They can provide you with tailored advice based on their expertise and knowledge of the local conditions.

Please note that these FAQs provide general guidelines for sod maintenance after installation. The specific care requirements for your sod may vary, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Genesis Sod Farms located in Noblesville, Indiana. 

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