I don't like water sitting on my plants for too long. Your new lawn needs to be watered twice a day, for about 20 minutes per session every day for at least two months. Use sprinklers >> DO NOT WATER at night! I have a sprinkler system with a timer (no, I don't get up that early to water). You can irrigate fewer times if the temperatures are not high and it is not sunny. That time is, however, dependent on how much water your sprinkler emits. New lawns should be watered 15-20 mins; 3 times a day; 6AM;10AM;2PM >> Hand watering IS NOT sufficient. The next two weeks - or until the sod has rooted - water to keep it moist. This should be enough so that your lawn gets a solid six inches of watering per cycle. (see brochure) >> Prepare ahead of time to ensure your sod can be laid immediately. After your lawn becomes established it requires approximately 1 ½ inches of water per week, ½ inch every other day, during the heat of the summer. Disease and Lawn Watering Schedule Many bacterial and fungal diseases rely on wet foliage for reproduction and to spread. Watering is most effective if done during early morning hours, 3 or 4 am, when sunlight and heat cannot cause excessive evaporation. >> DO NOT COVER sod with anything. Watering Your Lawn After The First Two Weeks. Morning watering allows time for evaporation and soil absorption, keeping foliage dry overnight. Watering Grass At Night Lawn care "rules" tell us not to water at night. Water your plants in the way you think they need to be watered, then go back out about a half hour later and dig a hole about eight inches (20 cm.) Once your new sod is adequately rooted, gradually shift to watering practices for established lawns. Watering Tip #5: Water as early in the morning as possible to take advantage of the daily start of the grass’s normal growing cycle, lower wind speeds, and less loss of water by evaporation. The morning and late afternoon are the best times to water your lawn but remember to adjust your watering schedule to account for rainfall. Pay close attention to edges, corners and areas near buildings - these spots tend to dry out quickly and may need addition hand watering. At that hour the water has time to seep into the soil but the grass will dry off when the sun comes up. Water as often as needed. UPDATE You've said the sod was put down the day you asked the question, which means they'll be back to water it on a regular basis for the next two weeks. Check it twice a day during the first two weeks. Water your new sod at least three times a day the first two weeks for at least 15 to 20 minutes in every area of your lawn. If your weather is or becomes very cold day and night (below freezing) in that time, don't let them keep watering, but … Choose from either of two watering programs, largely depending on whether the temperature (especially for the first 4 weeks) is above 80 degrees F or below 70 F. Water your new sod lawn twice a day for the first 3 days if temperatures exceed 80 degrees F or water twice daily for the first 2 days if the temperature is under … Laying a new sod lawn is an exciting experience for most homeowners. Water new sod … deep nearby. According to Kao, keeping grass and garden plants well nourished, and maintaining a high ratio of organic material in the soil, should also increase the ability of the lawn, garden and soil to retain and utilize water. I prefer watering in the early morning hours starting at 4AM. If you water lawn at night in summer, the lack of evaporation provides time for the pathogens to infiltrate your grass. 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