I laid a brand new lawn about two months ago, using turf from a
I cleared and levelled the ground, and laid the turf on top. I
carefully watered it every couple of days. Within a few weeks bare
patches started to appear, and now the bare patches are about equal
with what grass is left. I laid a similar lawn on much worse ground a
few years ago with perfect results, so I don't understand what I've
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There is a very fine line to walk when irrigating new sod. You don't want to
soak new sod until it is soggy. If the grass is too wet, the abundance of
water tells the grass "don't bother to grow roots, there is plenty of
water", or something to that effect. I laid 4,500 sf of zoysia exactly 2
weeks ago (to go with the other 7,500 sf I've already got). I watered
moderately 2x a day - once before dawn, and the other time just before noon.
This kept the soil moist during the day, but allowed it to dry out somewhat
overnight, which encourages the roots to grow, so they can find moisture.
The sod is surprisingly well rooted now, and I am cutting back on the
watering. In the past, I tended to over water and the sod took twice as
long to root well.
Sounds right to me. You want to keep it moist at all times for about
the first month, but not soggy and drenched. If it's Spring/Fall,
that's probably 2X a day. If it's hotter and sunny, then more
frequently. Sounds like the OP was not watering enough.
Also, hard to tell from "clearing" what soil prep work was done.
The OP should get a hold of the sod supplier and also a local ag
extension agent, if available.
And we can all analyze this to death. Until some minute details and
observation of those of watering, how much irrigation and how often, dry
periods if any from mother nature, elevations, fertilizers in relation to
soil analysis, soil layers, underlying dead growth, actual soil analysis,
insect/mold/etc.; we're reaching in the dark. And that would be at best a
A brief look and feel would probably get a better guess of it.
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