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     Sod must be kept uniformly hydrated for the first two weeks after installation.  Light irrigation 2 or 3 times per day may be necessary.  Please, avoid walking on new sod during this establishment period.  It can cause the sod to shift and disturb fragile roots, delaying or preventing establishment.  After two weeks, you can check for root development by gently lifting the corner of a section of sod.  If all is well, the sod should be firmly attached to the soil below and unable to be lifted.  Once the roots are secure, irrigation can be reduced to once daily, preferably in the morning.  Regular mowing should begin at this time as well.  After the sod is fully established, usually after one or two months, depending on the weather, you can consider reducing irrigation from daily to 2-3 times per week or less.  The amount and frequency of irrigation your lawn requires will depend greatly on the weather, soil type, and level of maintenance you prefer to do on your lawn.  To help gauge the amount of irrigation your new lawn requires to be green and lush, take a look at it during the heat of the day.  If it seems to be wilting or the soil seems especially dry, you may need to provide supplemental irrigation.  Keep in mind that your lawn should never be soggy or squishy.  This only impedes strong root development and promotes disease.   Plan ahead with your lawn care provider to determine an appropriate mowing, fertilization, and weed control program.

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