What to do after sod installation

We have a lot of customers who have used us to install new sod in their property. Proper care of new sod is important and that is why we have provided some useful resources is this blog!


Things to Do After New Sod Is Installed

Article by SF gate


Starting a lawn from sod allows you to immediately enjoy its appearance, and you can begin to take advantage of a healthy, newly installed sod area long before you could use a lawn started from seed, sprigs or plugs. Excellent site preparation that includes controlling weeds and amending and grading the soil as well as utilizing correct installation techniques and caring for the sod well prior to laying it down are all important. However, effort put into the preparation and installation of a sodded area is at least partly wasted if you do not care for the newly installed sod well.


Ample moisture is critical for sod survival. Water the sod thoroughly within 30 minutes of when you install it. Until the sod roots, or after about one to three weeks, water it with an inch of water every one to three days, depending on weather conditions. Keep the sod and the soil surface constantly moist but not soaking. Once the sod has rooted -- which you can test by gauging how difficult it is to lift up the corner of a section -- decrease the frequency of irrigation. Provide the grass with about an inch of water weekly and ensure that each irrigation session soaks the top 4 to 6 inches of soil. Avoid excessive irrigation or irrigation that is too shallow and frequent and keeps the sod soggy and wet, as this will keep sod roots from growing into the soil well and can lead to disease problems.


After the sod is dry enough to walk on following the initial soaking at installation, tamp or roll the entire sodded area lightly with a lawn roller. This is necessary to ensure that the sod is solidly in contact with the soil surface and removes small bumps and air pockets.


Plant to first mow the newly sodded lawn about six or seven days after installation or as soon as the grass blades are 4 inches tall. Mow the grass at the height recommended for the species, typically around 2 1/2 to 3 inches tall. Make sure the mower blades are sharp and never remove more than one-third of the grass blades' height with a single mowing. Leave grass clippings in place unless they are clumping. Remove or break up any clumps of grass clippings so that they can efficiently break down and return nutrients to the soil.


Consider having the soil in the lawn site tested and plan your fertilizer type and applications according to the results of the soil test. As a general guideline, the newly installed sod will benefit from a fertilizer application after about four to six weeks of growth. Broadcast a complete fertilizer with a formula like 10-10-10 or 2-1-1 over the sod so that 1 pound of nitrogen is applied per 1,000 square feet of sod and lightly water it in.


Light foot traffic will not interfere with sod establishment, but minimizing use for about two to three weeks following installation or until roots are well established is ideal. Avoid heavy, concentrated activity on the sodded area for about four weeks following installation, if possible.

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Tree Trimming at Summer?

A lot of people ask us can we do tree trimming during the summer ?


Looks below what the Urban Forest says:

Benefits of Tree Pruning in the Summer

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Lisa Tadewaldt

Though winter is the most recommended time to prune, Portland tree pruning in the summertime can provide particular benefits for fruit trees and damaged trees. It can also be advantageous for general tree shaping.

The following is a simple guide to summer tree pruning. As always, please consult our Portland certified arborists for specialized knowledge and information.

Summer Tree Pruning Goals & Benefits

  1. Remove dead limbs. Summer pruning plays an important role in the removal of dead, damaged, and diseased tree limbs. Any limb that has the potential to cause damage or stress to your tree should be removed. This enhances the tree’s potential for robust growth while minimizing the chance that a weakened branch will fall on your home during a storm.

  2. Encourage hearty growth. Pruning in summer may encourage vigor. In summertime, weak tree growth should be pinched or pruned back about 3 inches from the end of each soft, leafy shoot. This can be repeated again in late summer if rapid side-shoot growth occurs. As always, it is best to leave pruning in the hands of professionals, such as our Portland certified arborists.

  3. Help fruit trees grow strong. Fruit trees are often good candidates for summer pruning. Pruning them allows more light penetration, which can support young tree development. Proper pruning can encourage mature trees to produce fruit of greater quality and size. Increased light and air circulation resulting from pruning encourages the overall health of the tree. Pruning in the summer helps to support robust and durable branch development, which will help support healthy fruit in the future. Some fruit trees, such as apricots and cherries, are susceptible to disease when pruned during the rainy season. It is best to prune these fruit trees in the summer, preferably in July or August. Peach trees, nectarine trees, and Japanese plum trees often grow very quickly, rapidly reaching impressive heights, while neglecting the development of sturdy limbs. Pruning these trees in the summer can reduce this occurrence, and support the growth of stronger branches. As always, it is best to consult a Portland tree pruning expert as each fruit tree is different.

  1. Pest Control. Another benefit of summer pruning is pest control. By removing branches and fruit that have mites or aphid damage you are protecting the overall health and longevity of the tree. You are also ensuring that your fruit trees produce delicious, healthy fruit that’s free of pests. Make sure to throw out these defective limbs or fruits. To prevent infestation, do not compost them.

Summer Pruning: Special Considerations and Potential Dangers

Pruning in the summer is primarily for shaping and creating a solid structure. Heavy pruning should be saved for winter, when trees are under less stress. Moreover, it is important to do your summer pruning earlier in the season. If you wait to long, you could put the tree at risk of water damage or winter injury. Rain can damage fresh cuts on a tree, so it is better to wait to prune if rain is in the near future. Avoid pruning in fall all together.

If you are still mulling over whether or not to prune and/or how much to prune, it is likely in your best interest and the best interest of your beautiful trees to contact a reputable Portland tree pruning service such as Urban Forest Professionals.

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