Gardening Tips

Tip 1030 Watering Guide for New Sod in Southern Nevada

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. 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

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 ? Cool Season Schedule

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

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

Newly Planted Sod:

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.

Additional Watering Tips for Sod

 

 

 

 

 

 

2007, Star Nursery, Inc.
Copy provided courtesy Star Nursery
www.StarNursery.com


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