It largely depends on the type of grass, the temperature and other ambient conditions. A healthy root system will develop in anything from two to six weeks. However, the following things can make it more difficult for sod to take root:
- Heavy foot traffic or pet activity on the new lawn
- Lack of water
- Too much water
- Freezing temperatures (though these are very unlikely in fall or spring)
- Hot temperatures (planting in summer is more difficult, even with additional watering)
As you can see, all of these factors are easily preventable. We recommend laying down sod in moderate temperatures, in addition to keeping kids, pets and yourself from running across your beautiful new grass until the sod has properly taken root. We also advise watering the grass well once it is laid to keep it moist from that point forward.
Don’t worry – If you’ve ever asked this question, you’re not alone. While sod does continue to grow while it is on its way to you, it doesn’t become an established part of your lawn until the roots attach themselves to the existing soil under the turf.
It is essential to water your new lawn within 20 minutes of laying the new sod. This water moistens the soil below the turf, encourages the roots to grow downwards and seek out the water. It is essential not to let the soil dry out, hence why summer is not the best time to lay a new lawn.
If you have more questions about sod lawns, contact us at 1 (866) 658-9324. We’d love to talk to you about sod. It’s what we do.