Caring for your lawn is critical to keep that dark green color. When caring for your new lawn it is important to keep in mind that efficient water and fertilizer programs are the key to a beautiful, healthy lawn in Utah’s dry climate.
WATERING A NEW LAWN
Proper watering is the single most important lawn care tip we can give for the establishment of a newly sodded lawn. It is necessary to begin watering your new sod lawn in our Utah climate immediately after installation. +In extremely hot weather, it is helpful to work a section out, get the water on it, and then continue laying.
The first 3 days are critical in applying enough water to saturate the top 4 – 6 inches of soil. This requires approximately ½ inch of water per day. This total amount should be applied over 2 – 3 watering periods each day. On the 4th day, begin watering ¼ inch per day. After 2 weeks, you may resume a normal watering schedule.
WATCH THE EDGES
Another sod and lawn care tip for Utah yards that most people don’t consider is that the edges, sod ends, and borders will be the first places to dry out and turn a yellowish color. Since the demand for water is greater in these spots, it may be helpful to apply water to them directly from a hose until established.
FERTILIZING YOUR LAWN
Fertilizing your Utah sod lawn has been an important part of this process. Grass is a living growing plant and needs to be fed.
One of our best tips for your Utah lawn is that a starter sod fertilizer be applied with your first mowing. Bulldog Black Magic Fertilizer has a Jump Start Fertilizer specifically designed for new Sod or Seed. This will help promote root growth. It’s a 19-26-5 Blend. After this application we highly recommend the five step program we offer. Even if you plant mid season you can join the program at its current step.
MOWING YOUR LAWN
Always make sure your mower blades are sharp. Your sod was trimmed prior to delivery so that by the time it needs to be mowed it should be safe to do so. Don’t remove more than a third of the height of the blades at one time. Removal of more may result in shock, unsightly appearance, or may make your lawn more susceptible to disease.
MOWING A NEW LAWN
When caring for your new lawn you can begin mowing your lawn anywhere from two to three weeks after installation. Always make sure your mower blades are sharp. Check the wetness of your ground to ensure that you don’t sink in or rut your grass. This may mean you need to let your turf dry up just a little bit.
HOW DO YOU KNOW A SOD IS ESTABLISHED
A pull test is the best way to know when your sod has knit. Walk around on your new grass and pull up on your lawn with varying strengths at different random locations around the new grass. As roots from your sod grow, they will knit into your soil and make it difficult to lift the sod. Eventually all of the sod will take. To help root in, utilize our Jump Start bag.
MEASURING YOUR AREA
We recommend visiting https://bulldogsod.com/measuring-your-area/ to learn how to determine your square footage.
AERATING YOUR LAWN
In order to keep your grass happy it is important to keep your soil strong. After having aeration cores punched in your lawn either by renting an aerator or by having a company come by, it is a perfect time to introduce our Soil Enhancer into your lawn. Shortly after your soil is opened up is a perfect time to spread and rake in our Soil Enhancer.
IMPROVING YOUR GARDEN
Gardening requires great soil and incorporate our Soil Enhancer into your garden by either raking it into your garden and around your plants or tilling it in at a heavy rate. The products in this bag are great for making your soil come to life.