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Lawn & New SOD Care
Fertilizing Your Lawn
Your New SOD Guide
Please follow these instructions to get your new planted SOD growing:

1.) Be sure to test your sprinkler system if you have one. Installing new SOD sometimes raises the ground level, blocking some sprinkler heads from spraying correctly. Having your sprinklers work correctly is critical when you have fresh SOD planted. If the SOD is not watered correctly or evenly, parts of the SOD will turn brown and die. It is also beneficial to install a rain sensor/ detector if you don't have one. If you are using a water hose with a sprinkler attachment, be sure the spray pattern covers the new SOD. 

2.) Once Lawnborne has planted your new SOD (grass), please water grass for at least one hour per day or until SOD is soaked for at least 12 days. You can skip watering on rainy days. This deep constant watering promotes root growth and development.

3.) The Best time to water your lawn is between 4am and 8am. Water pressure is at its peak, there is less wind, water will not evaporate so quickly and your grass will be less prone to diseases. Wet grass at night promotes fungal growth and other diseases. 

4.) You can now mow the grass after about two weeks. Be sure to mow high. St. Augustine should be cut between 2 and 4 inches, Bermuda should be cut 1 inch to 3 inches. Cutting your lawn too short puts a lot of stress on your grass. The grass goes from concentrating on root growth to concentrating on blade growth. If your grass is weak, it is more susceptible to disease, weeds and insect infestations. Also be sure to sharpen your mower blades. If you don't know how, then take your mower to a service shop. Do not attempt to sharpen your blades if you never have; it can result in serious injury. If you have a lawn service company mow your grass, look at the blades of the grass, they should have a smooth cut. If they have a jagged edge, tell your lawn guy about it. Be sure they follow the mowing height guide lines we have provided.  

5.) After you have watered the SOD for about two weeks, you can now switch the watering frequency once or twice a week. You should water deep and less often. If you water once a week, water only one inch. If you water twice, water 1/2 inch each separate day (Sunday and Wednesday). You can purchase a rain gauge from Home Depot or Lowe's to measure how much and how fast your sprinklers put out water. Or you can use Tuna Fish cans to measure, they hold about an inch of water. If you follow these guide lines, your grass will be very healthy. The roots will grow deeper than if you watered everyday. Your grass will tolerate drought and other stress. Your grass will be more resilient. 

6.) Be sure to fertilize your lawn. After a couple of months, you can add your first feeding. Follow the guidelines for Fertilizing on this page.  


Grass that is healthy has a steady balance of nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and other nutrients. It is important to learn all about your grass and what it needs to stay healthy. Not fertilizing a lawn leads to weeds, short and thin root systems and few resources to get it through stressful periods. The ideal is to feed your grass at least 4 times per year. The lawn, with 4 feedings, will be lush, have a thick and dense toot system and have plenty of resources for the hard times. 

What are these letters? 
The first step is to find out  what type of grass you have. There are many resources you can find on the Internet and our webpage. The main grass varieties that grow and that we plant are St. Augustine (Raleigh/Palmetto) and Bermuda (Common/ Tif 419). Be sure the fertilizer you buy matches the grass you have. Some fertilizers will kill St. Augustine. There are several types of fertilizers out there. The best will be made of fast and slow release particles. The fast will be taken in very quickly, feeding the lawn and promoting fast growth. When the quick release is over, the slow particles start to dissolve and get absorbed by the root system. This is a good balance. Once you start shopping for fertilizer you will come across these letters, N, P,K and Fe. 
Good For:
Growth of new Roots and Shoots, Seedling Root Growth & Vigor
Deficiency Symptoms:
Rarely occurs, Yellow or Purple cast to leaves
Good For:
Overall Plant Health, Stress Resistance, Cold Hardiness, Disease Resistance
Deficiency Symptoms:
Rarely Visible, Pale color or no symptoms
Good For:
Chlorophyll Formation
Deficiency Symptoms:

Fertilizing Schedule:
Warm Season Grasses:
January to March: For most lawns, prevent crabgrass. For St. Augustine, Fertilize and control weeds. 
April to June: Fertilize, control broadleaf weeds.
June to August: Fertilize and protect against insects.
August to September: Fertilize for Fall root growth.
September to October: Winterize-Fertilize-to prepare your lawn for winter and promote early spring green up. Add fungus control if you expect problems.
Good for:
Growth, Color, Density, Chlorophyll Formation
Deficiency Symptoms:
Pale Color, Yellowing
Stunted Growth

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