Water & Care
Water is crucial to establishing your grass. If you want to keep your grass from going into shock, you must water within 30 minutes of putting it onto the ground (The dirt will draw moisture from the sod). You can use a hose to get water on your sod quicker until you have sod installed for a full station of your sprinklers. Give your new lawn at least one inch of water on the first watering. The temperature outside and the type of soil will determine how much water your sod will require. Keep the sod moist enough to have the water go all the way through the sod and into the dirt below. This may require watering 3 to 4 times a day during the first few weeks. You can pull back the sod and check to make sure the dirt is moist. Once the sod has rooted (if you get resistance when tugging on the sod piece). You can start to cut back on watering to maintain your grass. You can do this by watering deeper and less often to allow your roots to go deeper.
It is best to avoid heavy use of your new grass until the roots have had a chance to become established. Once the roots are established and you cut back on the watering, you can begin mowing your grass and enjoying having a beautiful green yard.
Fertilizing & Care
Regular fertilizing along with weed and bug control will ensure a life long of green grass for you to enjoy. Maintaining the bluegrass lawn will require approximately 5 lbs. of Nitrogen per 1000 square feet annually. The actual amount needed is usually spread over 3 applications during the year and amounts applied are determined based on level of maintenance. Higher maintenance lawns need more Nitrogen per 1000 sq. ft.