Feeding your New Sod
By now you have completed your project, you have repaired or replaced your lawn and it looks wonderful, but you wonder how much fertilizer you should place on top of your new sod. The answer is none at this time!
You have prepared the soil properly, amended the soil with lime and/or fertilizer according to your soil tests, and have installed Maryland Certified Sod. This sod has been grown under the most stringent requirements in the United States to agronomically provide you with the best turf possible for the Mid-Atlantic area. No further applications of fertilizer or lime are required for at least the next 45 to 60 days.
Unless your soil tests require additional applications of a balanced fertilizer (a balanced fertilizer includes a mixture of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium i.e. 10-6-4) the next applications should be feeding your lawn with straight nitrogen using a Urea based fertilizer (46-0-0).
If you installed your sod during December, January, February, or March, apply:
- 1.5 to 1.75 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. Mothers Day Weekend.
- 2 to 2.5 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. Labor Day Weekend.
- 2 to 2.5 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. Halloween Weekend.
- Repeat each year.
If you installed your sod during April, May, June, July*, or August*, begin your applications Labor Day Weekend and follow the above schedule. *(July and August applications should be avoided if at all possible as excessive amounts of water will be required if sod is installed during this period).
If you install your sod during September, October, or November, apply 3 lbs 30-45 days after the installation and begin the schedule above on Mother’s Day Weekend.
By following this schedule you will keep a good uniform color, on a thick sod, throughout the year with minimal disease and minimal need for weed control. Soil tests should be repeated every three (3) years and amendments added as recommended.
Enjoy your new Maryland Certified Tall Fescue Turf.