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weeds growing in sod

Sod is a transplanted mature turf that is grown on a farm and then rolled out like a rug on your property. Sod provides an easy option for instantly cultivating a lush, green yard. But to ensure the health and longevity of the grass, sod needs time to take root after being laid in your lawn.

Timing is Important

Make sure the weed killer you pick is labeled for use on the turf species in your lawn. Consider a selective post-emergent herbicide in a spray bottle or tank sprayer with a controllable stream; this way, you can easily spot-treat the weeds in your new sod.

What Kind of Weed Killer Should I Use?

Fresh sod needs time for its roots to anchor into the soil and spread out and grow. Sod is vulnerable when you first roll it out and thus must be protected damage due to mishaps. Before applying herbicides to sod, then, give it at least three weeks to establish itself in your lawn. If possible, pull up weeds manually rather than using herbicides during this critical period of growth. However be careful not to walk on newly planted sod if to wet, it could disturb your final grade.

Weeds growing in sod

Looking out your window at the freshly laid sod covering your yard can be a rewarding experience. Seeing a few weeds pop up in your brand new lawn is less than rewarding, however, and can be downright frustrating. You can apply proper weed killers to sod; you just need to wait a bit before doing so.

Sod Installation

There are two basic types of weed killer available to homeowners: pre- and post-emergent herbicides. Pre-emergent herbicides, true to their name, prevent weeds from emerging. However, you lay sod in either spring or fall, depending on whether it’s a warm- or cool-season grass and miss the mark as far as timing for pre-emergent herbicide. Some pre-emergent herbicides can also keep your sod from rooting well. Keep them in mind for next year, however, if you notice weeds come up in your sod.

Stay Away From Pre-emergents

During the first few weeks, particularly the first two weeks, chemicals and your sod won’t mix. After the first couple of weeks, however, take care of weeds with your chosen weed killer. Post-emergent herbicides in a ready-to-spray bottle with a controllable stream are ideal for spot-treating those pesky weeds that pop up in your new sod. Make sure the weed killer is labeled for use on your sod and will destroy your target weeds, then spray the emerged weeds.

Weeds growing in sod

You’ve just installed your grass, and it’s looking fantastic. Or perhaps, you installed dormant sod during the winter, and you’re watching as your grass finally greens up and takes root.

Should I aerate my new sod?

In this blog we’ll answer some frequently asked questions about caring for your lawn in its first growing season.

Can I apply pre-emergent to my new lawn?

Aerating is a wonderful practice for ensuring your lawn can get enough air flow so that water and nutrients will easily reach the roots of your grass. However, you won’t need to aerate your new sod for at least a year after it’s installed. If the sod isn’t established enough, aerating will rip up the roots of the grass. Because you tilled the soil before you installed the sod, the ground shouldn’t be too compacted and you’ll have sufficient air flow for the first growing season.