Be careful not to "scalp" your lawn upon return.  See Item #9!
sod grass

Improper Irrigation Systems - 

Hand watering will not suffice!  Sprinkler heads must rise above lawn level, water patterns must overlap, timers are recommended.

Delaying the First Mowing - 
Mow for the first time in 10 to 12 days after installation.  Waiting longer does not aid establishment.

Covering Sod -
with plastic, shadecloth, burlap, anything!  Have sod delivered only when you are ready to install immediately - never cover it!

Mowing Too Short - 
Check the mowing heights of the variety you've chosen.  NEVER remove more than 1/3 of the blade length at any one mowing.  If your lawn gets out of hand, reduce blade length by 1/3 over a succession of mowings 5 days apart.

Doing Preparation While Laying Sod - 

Prepare at least two days in advance.  You will spot uneven areas and poor drainage.

Heavy Traffic - 
Even light foot traffic should be avoided for 4 weeks.

Not Pre-Irrigating - 
Water the area of installation the night before.  Dry soil under new sod robs the roots of moisture.

Premature Feeding - 
Tender, new lawns do not take well to a "hot" feeding.  Never feed before a lawn is one month old, then only with a mild, balanced (16-16-16 e.g.), time release fertilizer; not ammonium sulfate.

Not Using A Roller, Twice - 
As a final step in preparation and during installation.  Light rolling after sod is installed minimizes poor initial contact.

Improper Irrigation - 
Most important!  New lawns should be watered 15-20 minutes, three times a day, 7 a.m., 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. for the first 14 days.  Subsequent watering instructions are given in this guide.  Hand watering will not be sufficient - DO NOT WATER AT NIGHT - it promotes disease.

Not Watering As You Install - 
After every ten pieces (50 sq. ft.) take a break, and lightly water everything you've installed, as you go.

Failure to Read, Understand, Follow and Keep This Guide - 
this guide gives you complete instruction for preparation and installation.  It also advises you on changes in watering and feeding schedules and assists you in troubleshooting - READ IT AND KEEP IT.

Applying Fungicide - Don't -  
It is very rare that a new lawn develops fungus.  Do not apply fungicide to a new lawn.

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