Upon laying your new sod, the most important thing to do is water it.  Watering it and knowing when and how much to water is very important.  We made a chart below with instructions on when to water and when you can walk and mow on it.

Sod TypeNotes
New SodWater 45-60 minutes depending on heat outside.   If irrigated, do 45 minutes for pop up and 60 minutes for rotor.
After First Wateringwater 2 more times same day, each time 15-20 minutes.
Day 2 and following 2 weeks2 times per day, 15-20 minutes. Recommended times are 8 am and 1 pm.
Watering schedule when hotWater 3 times 80 degress or hotter watering times should be 8 am, 11 am, 2 pm
Important NoteToo much overrwatering creates fungus and algae.
After 2 weeks, Mowing TimeAfter 2 weeks, shut off water for 1-2 days.  Let soil dry out then walk on it.  If you don’t sink, you can mow.
First MowMow your lawn at its highest setting after testing your new sod by walking and not sinking into it.
Week 3Water once a day for 15-20 minutes
Week 4 and onwardWater every other day or less depending on weather