Watering is the key.
Sod can be laid at any time on well-prepared soil with good moisture conditions.
During the 2 weeks following the installation, it is essential to water it heavily. The minimum requirement is to keep the soil moist to a depth of 2 inches during this period.
Depending on the time of year.
The 1st mowing can be done 1 to 2 weeks after the sod is laid, being careful to always abide by the 1/3 rule (never cut away more than one-third of the blade of grass). Afterwards, it is recommended to maintain a height of 3 inches.
In the fall and spring, a mowing height of 2 inches is optimal; during dry periods, a 4-inch mowing height is recommended.
During extended heatwaves, when the grass is dormant, it is preferable to avoid mowing entirely.
The suitable formulation.
Once the initial fertilization has been done, no fertilization is needed for the 3-week period following its installation. Subsequently, to maintain quality sod, abide by this simple formula: nitrogen, phosporus and potassium in a ratio of 2:0:1.
Well-balanced for a healthy lawn.
Once it is well rooted, the sod needs only 1 inch of water per week. 65 to 100% of water needs should be met by natural precipitation. Important to note: grass that is longer (3 to 4 inches) will have longer roots and will not suffer the effects of drought as quickly as shorter grass.