Sod & Seed Establishment Watering Schedule

Irrigation for Sodded Turf
  • The goal of watering newly sodded turf areas is to prevent drying of turf and to keep the top 1.5 inches of the soil moist.
  • Depending on weather, micro-climate of area and, soil texture, newly sodded areas may require light watering 2 or 3 times a day for 15 to 30 days. In general, watering turf sod should be done in the early morning and mid to late afternoon.
  • During the first 2 weeks after sod is installed and depending on weather conditions, continue watering lightly 2 to 3 times daily. Keep the sod moist throughout this period.
  • As the sod roots develop, decrease frequency of watering to 2 to 3 times per week with a goal of applying 1 - 1.5 inches of water per week.
  • Root development can be checked by pulling on the sod visually examining root development. Irrigate newly installed sod to a depth just below the root system.
  • If you observe runoff, shut the system off and wait for the existing water to enter the soil. Go back and rewet until the water reaches the appropriate depth.
  • After the 3rd mowing, water to a depth of 6 to 8 inches about once a week or when drought stress occurs.
  • Research indicates that most developed turf species need 1” of water per week.
  • Take into account rain events and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
  • Recognizing signs of drought stress on turf species and only watering when turf shows signs of drought can greatly reduce irrigation use.
Irrigation for Seeded Turf
  • The goal of watering newly seeded turf areas is to prevent drying of turf seedlings and keep the top 1.5 inches of the soil moist.
  • Depending on weather, micro-climate of area and, soil texture, newly seeded areas may require light watering 2 or 3 times a day for 15 to 30 days. In general, watering turf seedlings should be done in the early morning and mid to late afternoon.
  • Bluegrass, Centipedegrass, and Zoysiagrass takes 7 to 14 days longer to germinate than other cool and warm season grasses. For slow germinating turf seed species such as Bluegrass, Centipedegrass, and Zoysiagrass, do not make the mistake of decreasing water as soon as the seedlings appear. Continue watering until the seedlings emerge.
  • During the 1st week after seeds germinate and depending on weather conditions, continue watering lightly 1 to 2 times daily.
  • As seedlings develop, decrease frequency of watering to 2 to 3 times per week with a goal of applying 1 - 1.5 inches of water per week.
  • After the 3rd mowing, water to a depth of 6 to 8 inches about once a week or when drought stress occurs.
  • Research indicates that most developed turf species need 1” of water per week.
  • Take into account rain events and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
  • Recognizing signs of drought stress on turf species and only watering when turfshows signs of drought can greatly reduce irrigation use.