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How to water a new lawn

Updated: May 10, 2018

Water is essential to all life… too little water and we die, too much and we drown.

   New roll of sod will arrive at its new home freshly harvested from the turf farm, and will arrive without one very important item necessary for its very survival… a root system! Yes, the new turf will arrive with very little soil and only the tiniest amount of roots. All #lawn types need to be kept moist at all times during their establishing phase in their new homes, this is to ensure there is always an ample amount of moisture in the new turf, between the turf and the soil, and in the soil itself. This ensures the greatest, and only chance of survival and establishment of the new lawn in its new home.

How to check if your #sod needs #water.

  Just lift up a corner of the sod. During the first 2-3 weeks the bottom of the sod should never be dry!


  Not watering enough will cause wilting and dead spots and watering too much will cause poor root establishment and disease leading to dieback. The weather conditions, soil conditions and environment factors, such as shade, will have a large impact and should be considered in deciding how much you need to water.


The following schedule can be used as a guide.

  • A good soaking on the first day to moisten the sod and #topsoil. Green Warriors Landscaping team waters new lawn right after installation. No actions from your sided are required on the first day.

  • Light watering 2-3 times per day in the first 2 weeks or until the roots are established, to avoid the sod from drying out

  • Once the roots are established and you have mowed the lawn for the first time, then you can likely go to daily watering early in morning.

  • Continue to water early in the morning on fewer days, as you see fit or as local watering rules dictate. The less you water your lawn without causing stress to the grass the better.

   Be careful about watering grass late evening or at night, especially with high humidity. This creates a problem with the lawn staying damp for too long. Most diseases need prolonged moisture as a necessary ingredient for the disease to begin. When watering a new lawn or mature lawn, irrigate early to late morning. Try not to allow the soil to go into the evening in a very wet condition.

   !!! Remember, just because your lawn turns brown during extremely dry periods doesn’t mean it’s dying; #grass will go dormant during such periods but it still requires at least one inch of water per week. Your lawn doesn’t have to be green to be healthy.


   These basics of watering a new lawn should help you get your new lawn established. If you need additional help please contact Green Warriors Landscaping #greenwarriorslandscaping. We serve Greater Toronto Area.



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