Watering Guide for New Sod

For Southern Nevada

 

Star-Tip 1030

Gardening Tips for successful and beautiful Landscapes and Gardens

 

Summer Watering Schedule for sod

Nice Season (spring & fall) Watering Schedule for sod

Winter Watering Schedule for sod

Additional Watering Tips

 

Newly Planted Sod:

Newly planted sod needs to be watered much differently than established lawns. New sod must be watered more frequently for the first three weeks. This watering guide is for the Las Vegas metro area, but should also work well for other southwest high desert regions.

 

Soak the sod enough to keep the top three inches of soil along with the layer of sod constantly wet, but do not allow water to stand for long periods. When rooting has sufficiently developed to prevent sod from being pulled from the soil, cut watering. After 21 days, the roots should be established.

 

Established Sod:

For established lawns, only water often enough to avoid wilt between irrigations. The tables below detail watering frequency for newly planted sod in summer or winter.

 

 

Watering New Sod - Summer Schedule (top)

Summer Schedule: Temperatures Above 90 Degrees Fahrenheit

Time Since Planting

Watering Frequency

Schedule

Duration

First 14 days

4 times daily

6 a.m. & 10 a.m.
1 p.m. & 5 p.m.

4 minutes

15 to 21 days

3 times daily

6 a.m. & 10 a.m.

2 p.m.

5 minutes

after 21 days

3 times daily

4 a.m. & 6 a.m.

10 a.m.

5 minutes

 

Watering New Sod Nice Season Schedule (top)

Winter Schedule: Temperatures Below 90 Degrees Fahrenheit
Proper soil depth of 6 inches water for max. minutes

Time Since Planting

Watering Frequency

Schedule

Duration

First 14 days

3 times daily

7 a.m. 8 a.m.

& 10 a.m.

3 to 5 minutes

15 to 21 days

3 times, every other day

7 a.m. 8 a.m.

& 10 a.m.

3 to 5 minutes

after 21 days

3 times as per

SNWA restrictions

7 a.m. 8 a.m.

& 10 a.m.

3 to 5 minutes

Watering New Sod Winter Schedule (top)

Winter Schedule: Temperatures Below 70 Degrees Fahrenheit
Proper soil depth of 6 inches water for max. minutes

Time Since Planting

Watering Frequency

Schedule

Duration

First 7 days

3 times daily

7 8 & 10 a.m.

3 to 5 minutes

8 to 21 days

3 times, every other day

7 8 & 10 a.m.

3 to 5 minutes

after 21 days

3 times as per

SNWA restrictions

7 8 & 10 a.m.

3 to 5 minutes

 

 

Additional Watering Tips for Sod

                     If you have a dry area or a blue-gray area (a sign of water stress), place like-size containers in that area and one in a green area. Water sod 15-30 minutes, and then measure both containers. If the dry area is not getting the same amount of water, adjust the sprinkler heads. See Tip #1049 Irrigation Audit.

                     Use several shallow containers such as tuna cans or margarine containers and space throughout the yard. Water until the containers fill to 1 inch. However long this takes is how long you should water established grass. (top)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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