If the soil’s moist, but not wet, all the way through, you nailed it. Check it twice a day during the first two weeks. Watering Tip #5: Water as early in the morning as possible to take advantage of the daily start of the grass’s normal growing cycle, lower wind speeds, and less loss of water by evaporation. Once your new sod is adequately rooted, gradually shift to watering practices for established lawns. Water new sod … After your lawn becomes established it requires approximately 1 ½ inches of water per week, ½ inch every other day, during the heat of the summer. Sod must be installed immediately once delivered. Watering is most effective if done during early morning hours, 3 or 4 am, when sunlight and heat cannot cause excessive evaporation. That time is, however, dependent on how much water your sprinkler emits. The next two weeks - or until the sod has rooted - water to keep it moist. New lawns should be watered 15-20 mins; 3 times a day; 6AM;10AM;2PM >> Hand watering IS NOT sufficient. >> Prepare ahead of time to ensure your sod can be laid immediately. Disease and Lawn Watering Schedule Many bacterial and fungal diseases rely on wet foliage for reproduction and to spread. The morning and late afternoon are the best times to water your lawn but remember to adjust your watering schedule to account for rainfall. If you water lawn at night in summer, the lack of evaporation provides time for the pathogens to infiltrate your grass. Water your new sod at least three times a day the first two weeks for at least 15 to 20 minutes in every area of your lawn. At that hour the water has time to seep into the soil but the grass will dry off when the sun comes up. I don't like water sitting on my plants for too long. According to Kao, keeping grass and garden plants well nourished, and maintaining a high ratio of organic material in the soil, should also increase the ability of the lawn, garden and soil to retain and utilize water. Morning watering allows time for evaporation and soil absorption, keeping foliage dry overnight. Pay close attention to edges, corners and areas near buildings - these spots tend to dry out quickly and may need addition hand watering. If your weather is or becomes very cold day and night (below freezing) in that time, don't let them keep watering, but … I prefer watering in the early morning hours starting at 4AM. Your new lawn needs to be watered twice a day, for about 20 minutes per session every day for at least two months. You can irrigate fewer times if the temperatures are not high and it is not sunny. (see brochure) By watering your lawn at night, when water collects on grass and leaves, much less water is lost to evaporation. UPDATE You've said the sod was put down the day you asked the question, which means they'll be back to water it on a regular basis for the next two weeks. Water as often as needed. This should be enough so that your lawn gets a solid six inches of watering per cycle. >> DO NOT COVER sod with anything. Choose from either of two watering programs, largely depending on whether the temperature (especially for the first 4 weeks) is above 80 degrees F or below 70 F. Water your new sod lawn twice a day for the first 3 days if temperatures exceed 80 degrees F or water twice daily for the first 2 days if the temperature is under … Water your plants in the way you think they need to be watered, then go back out about a half hour later and dig a hole about eight inches (20 cm.) Watering Grass At Night Lawn care "rules" tell us not to water at night. deep nearby. I have a sprinkler system with a timer (no, I don't get up that early to water). 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