Lack of Rooting
Healthy sod is sod with a robust root system. During heavy rains, though, the sod could float above the dirt where it’s planted, especially if you’ve only recently laid down the sod. When sod floats, it will likely change locations, meaning any root germination that has already taken place will be destroyed. This could be enough to kill the young grass, leaving you with anything but the green lawn that you desire. In addition, if you experience extremely heavy rains, the sod could float far from its original location to the point that you have to re-install your entire lawn once the water recedes.
When you plant a new lawn, Foothills Landscaping & Irrigation recommends that you don’t place anything on the lawn until it is fully rooted in the existing soil. This is because anything that’s on the new grass, even for a short time, can send the grass’s growth into a tailspin due to light deprivation. During a heavy storm, rainwater could bring large quantities of mud to your lawn due to soil erosion. If you can’t get the mud off of the sod before it dries, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll lose at least some of the grass. Added sod stress comes from the fact that while you’re removing the mud, you’ll have to repeatedly walk on the sod, bending and breaking the blades of grass in the process.
Despite all the potential challenges of planting new sod, there are some simple precautions you can take to avoid wasting your investment. First, ensure that you improve your yard’s drainage as you install the sod. One great device to use for this is a French drain. These drains work with the natural slope of your yard to ensure that water doesn’t have a chance to collect in locations where it could cause harm. While this won’t entirely eliminate the erosion risk, it can help keep your soil from becoming completely saturated, which is when erosion is most likely to occur.
Watching the Weather
Ultimately, proper sod planting is all about timing. When you decide to plant sod, carefully watch the weather forecast so that you can plant at a time when it has recently rained but no heavy rain is predicted in the next several days. This ensures that you can plant in soft, fertile soil without worrying about a deluge ruining your new lawn. While you should try to avoid heavy rains, it’s good if there are a few light rain showers in the days following installation. This will help keep your sod healthy and ensure it does well in its new environment.
Growing a new yard from seed or sod can be hard work. When you put in the effort, though, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful, lush lawn that you’ll be proud to show off to your family and friends. Once you get past the initial growth stage, you’ll find that the worries become fewer because you worked hard to give your grass a solid start. Then, you can sit back and admire the fruits of your labor.