Do not apply any fertilizer to new sod for at least 30 days and not at all if daytime temperatures are below 85 degrees. Fertilizing new sod too early will retard root growth and could cause it to collapse and die. When fertilizing, use a balanced fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 that has equal amounts of all major nutrients since our sandy soil is void of all nutrients.
Applying herbicide to new sod will add stress to the grass and could kill it. Avoid applying and herbicide for at least a month or more until it becomes rooted in.
It’s not uncommon for sod to come infested with sod web worms eggs from the sod farm. Monitor the new sod closely and treat any sign of sod web worms immediately with insecticide. Applying insecticide to new sod will not stress it.
Disease is most common in new sod that is laid during cool weather. Monitor the new sod for disease activity and apply fungicides as needed. Fungicide will not stress new sod.
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