Step 6: Water, Water, Water

a sprinkler system waters a lawn
Photo: Keller & Keller
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Water the installed lawn thoroughly, which also helps settle the soil. Try to keep foot traffic off the sod for a week. Water every day, preferably in the morning: During the heat of the day, you lose a lot of water to evaporation. And if you water at night, the sod goes to bed wet, which can encourage fungal disease. After the first week, cut back watering to every other day, tapering off to just twice a week by the third week. Then like any lawn, give it an inch of water a week, more during hot summer months.
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    Tools List

    • Gas powered sod cutter
      Sod cutter
    • soil-testing kit
      Soil-testing kit
    • rototiller
      Rototiller
    • wheelbarrow
      Wheelbarrow
    • walk-behind spreader
      Spreader
    • iron rake
      Iron rake
    • sod-cutting knife
      Sod-cutting knife

    Shopping List

    1. Sod

    2. Compost

    3. Sand (if needed)4. Starter fertilizer

    5. Lime (if needed)