Keeping Your New Sod Lush and Green: St. Louis Aftercare Guide

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Congratulations on your beautiful new sod installation! Now comes the crucial part: ensuring your St. Louis lawn thrives and stays that way. Here’s a comprehensive aftercare guide to keep your new sod lush and green:

Watering is Key

Frequency: Water your new sod thoroughly immediately after installation. For the first few weeks, water 2-3 times daily, especially during hot and dry St. Louis summers. Aim to keep the top 1-2 inches of soil moist.

Adjustments: As the roots establish (usually after 3-4 weeks), you can gradually reduce watering frequency to 1-2 times per week.

Early Morning Watering: Water early in the morning to minimize evaporation and prevent fungal diseases.


Wait for Root Development: Allow at least 4-6 weeks for the new sod to develop a strong root system before mowing for the first time.

Sharp Blade: Use a mower with a sharp blade set to the highest mowing height (around 3 inches) for the first few mowings.

Gradual Adjustments: Gradually lower the mowing height over time to your desired level.



Initial Application: Most sod varieties come pre-fertilized, but you can plan to fertilize lightly 4-6 weeks after installation with a starter fertilizer specifically formulated for new sod.

Seasonal Feedings: Develop a regular fertilization schedule based on your chosen sod variety and St. Louis’ seasonal weather patterns.

Weed Prevention

Preventative Measures: Applying a pre-emergent herbicide before weeds germinate can be helpful, particularly during the first growing season.

Spot Treatments: For existing weeds, use a selective herbicide that targets weeds without harming the new sod.

St. Louis Climate Considerations

Hot and Humid Summers: Increased watering frequency might be necessary during St. Louis’ hot and humid summers to prevent the sod from drying out.

Fungal Disease: High humidity can increase the risk of fungal disease. Monitor your lawn for signs of disease and treat promptly with fungicide if necessary.

Winter Dormancy: As winter approaches, reduce watering frequency as the sod goes dormant.

Keeping Your Lawn Beautiful with St. Louis Sod Install

At St. Louis Sod Install, we’re committed to your lawn’s success.  We not only provide professional sod installation but also offer aftercare tips and resources to ensure your new sod thrives.  Here’s how we can help:

Personalized Aftercare Advice: Our experts can provide specific aftercare recommendations based on your sod variety and lawn conditions.

Fertilization and Weed Control Services: We offer professional fertilization and weed control services to keep your lawn healthy and weed-free.

Ongoing Lawn Care Support: Our team is here to answer your questions and offer ongoing support to ensure your St. Louis lawn flourishes for years to come.

By following these aftercare tips and considering the professional services offered by St. Louis Sod Install, you can keep your new sod looking lush and green throughout the year, transforming your St. Louis property into a beautiful outdoor oasis.


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