How to Plant St Augustine Grass Sod from UF/IFAS Turf Specialist Dr. Laurie Trenholm.
Planting a new lawn with sod is the fastest way to establish a lawn. In this video your Florida Lawn UF/IFAS Turf Specialist Dr. Laurie Trenholm demonstrates helpful, science-based techniques on establishing a successful St. Augustine lawn.
In my article Planting Grass I mentioned Lawns can be grown by planting sod grass. When planting sod grass, grading is beneficial for proper level surface. This is helpful in making sure new sod will grow to it’s full potential, giving you the results you want to see.
Proper grading also assures good drainage after lawn is established, to avoid any flooding that can occur during heavy rainfall.
Before planting grass remove all debris such as rocks, dead grass and weeds. If it is a new home then make sure all construction debris is removed before you begin to install your new lawn. and for existing homes that need small renovation, a shovel and rake is all you need to remove the area needed to be done.
After planting your St Augustine Grass Sod make sure it is watered right away for the root system to start to take hold. Water regularly during the first 30 days, Then you can continue to water on your scheduled watering days.
Fertilize newly planted sod one week after installation. Follow the directions on label and water in fertilizer as soon as possible.
You can mow new turf after it takes hold and is growing, reaching the maximum height required. Mow lawn at a higher level to avoid damage. Do Not apply Weed Control until 30 days after planting grass.