How do I care for my sod?

How do I care for my sod?

Jan 10, 2018

Know proper lawn care and save time
Know proper lawn care and save time

The keys to thriving sod is with proper:

  • Watering
  • Mowing
  • Fertilizing
  • Pest Control

First and foremost, sod requires the right amount of water. Too much, and it can cause rot, fungus and infestations. Too little, and it will dry out and die.

St. Augustine and Empire Zoysia grass both need 2 or 3 waterings per week during the summer and 1 or 2 waterings the rest of the year in Florida.

Proper mowing is crucial and the height will depend on the type of grass you have.

Sod Type Min Height Max Height
St. Augustine3 inches4 inches
Zoysia.5 inches1.5 inches

Fertilizing is the next step.

  • Floratam and Evergreen St. Augustine:
    St. Augustine requires higher levels of nitrogen. It is best to contact the Department of Agriculture for further information, or contact a professional spray company to work with your specific yard.
  • Empire Zoysia:
    Zoysia requires a different formula and does best with 4 - 6 applications each year.

It is also best to hire a professional company to manage potential pests. St. Augustine is susceptible to Chinch bugs, while Zoysia can harbour Bill bugs.

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