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    more yard talk - sod

    I just had part of my yard sodded yesterday where I replaced a sanitary pipe last fall. They did a nice job matching everything up except the color!

    I'm assuming their grass is a little better taken care of than mine, it's a much darker shade of green. Will this fade over time? Would putting some type of fertilizer on the unsodded portion of my yard "dark-green" it up?

    I probably should have done the whole yard, but I'm a cheap bastard... so factor that into your suggestions.

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    Re: more yard talk - sod

    I'm not a yard expert, but my neighbors and I all had sod put in the same time last year. I fertilized twice last year and once this spring whereas they have not, and mine is a VERY deep green while theirs is a lighter shade of green. So I'm guessing that some applications of fertilizer would help your situation.



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    Re: more yard talk - sod

    They did a bunch of streetwork in my neighborhood over the past few years and patched in a TON of sod at dozens of houses, including my two neighbors.

    At first, it was extremely noticable - much darker, thicker and even a different type of grass. We were just talking about it last night - after about two years of regular lawn care (including fertilzing and weed control), you can hardly tell the old from new. Same goes for a bunch of the new seed I've put down in recent years.

    I'd say just treat it the same, and pretty soon it'll look it.



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    Re: more yard talk - sod

    They probably put down a type of bluegrass, where your grass probably isnt. Although some blue grasses will differ in shade a little. It is so dark right now because of all the rain we have had. So it will fade later in the summer when it starts to dry out, but so will the rest of your grass.
    You can always over seed your old yard with bluegrass seed to kinda match it up, but it wont be perfect.


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    Re: more yard talk - sod

    Hard to make suggestions or say it likely won't match up without seeing it.

    If I had to assume, say DaddyMac is correct. If you have not already, just put down a fertilizer on the whole thing, including a crabgrass prevented if you have issues with that.



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    Re: more yard talk - sod

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    Hard to make suggestions or say it likely won't match up without seeing it.

    If I had to assume, say DaddyMac is correct. If you have not already, just put down a fertilizer on the whole thing, including a crabgrass prevented if you have issues with that.
    The only part of the yard that had crabgrass was just scooped away and sodded - so that is a plus I guess.

    As far as care the miracle of the internet has given me the following:

    - water twice a day for at least an hour for 2 weeks
    - don't walk on it for 2 weeks
    - don't mow for 2 weeks
    - fertilize after 60 days

    does that sound right?



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    Re: more yard talk - sod

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    The only part of the yard that had crabgrass was just scooped away and sodded - so that is a plus I guess.

    As far as care the miracle of the internet has given me the following:

    - water twice a day for at least an hour for 2 weeks
    - don't walk on it for 2 weeks
    - don't mow for 2 weeks
    - fertilize after 60 days

    does that sound right?
    I'm a bit confused. Did you JUST get the sod laid, or was it put down last fall when they did the other work?

    If it was last fall, I think you just treat it like any other part of your yard.

    If it was just put down - what you got sounds good. Water and water thoroughly and often. Almost to the point of being soggy. Stay off it. Let it get longer, but not crazy high. Cut high too, don't stress it. Don't know about fertilizing.



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    Re: more yard talk - sod

    That's a **** ton of water. Based on the rain we are getting, I see NO reason to water. Feed it, mow it and let it blend in.

    But without seeing it, hard to tell how soon and how well that will happen.



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    Re: more yard talk - sod

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    I had part of my yard sodded where I replaced a sanitary pipe last fall. They did a nice job matching everything up except the color!

    I'm assuming their grass is a little better taken care of than mine, it's a much darker shade of green. Will this fade over time? Would putting some type of fertilizer on the unsodded portion of my yard "dark-green" it up?

    I probably should have done the whole yard, but I'm a cheap bastard... so factor that into your suggestions.
    Put nitrogen down on your old grass. The response will be incredible, within a day or two, your grass can be as green as new.


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    Re: more yard talk - sod

    Quote Originally Posted by cychhosis View Post
    Put nitrogen down on your old grass. The response will be incredible, within a day or two, your grass can be as green as new.

    And then after a few weeks, it will be back to the same dull color and all you'll have to show for it is extra mowing.

    It could be the sod still has nitrogen left over from last fall that the sod company put on it.

    Regreless, just applying nitrogen only makes more work for ya.



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    Re: more yard talk - sod

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    I'm a bit confused. Did you JUST get the sod laid, or was it put down last fall when they did the other work?

    If it was last fall, I think you just treat it like any other part of your yard.

    If it was just put down - what you got sounds good. Water and water thoroughly and often. Almost to the point of being soggy. Stay off it. Let it get longer, but not crazy high. Cut high too, don't stress it. Don't know about fertilizing.
    Sorry that was confusing ... I JUST had sod laid yesterday.

    I had the pipe replaced last year and have been letting the ground settle so I don't end up with a low area where the digging occured. (anyone who knows about orangeberg tile or lives in a neighborhood where a lot has been replaced knows what I'm talking about)



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    Re: more yard talk - sod

    Oh. This makes more sense. Water it well, but not an hour a day. Plus, we are getting plenty naturally. You can in fact over water it and then the roots won't take as they don't have to search for water.

    Feed it, but not heavy nitrogen, referring to the sod. Something like a 13-13-13 would be perfect to start the rooting process.

    Just apply the 13-13-13, or something like it, to your entire lawn.



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    Re: more yard talk - sod

    Do not over-fertilize your lawn, either. Many people complain or direct blame towards farmers about high chemical levels in local streams and water sources. They don't realize that they may also be contributing to the high levels since there's not really a buffer between your lawn and the storm sewer, where your fertilizer will end up after a rain if you apply too much. At least many farmers are beginning to reduce the amount of chemicals used and adding environmental buffers to help protect the water quality.



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    Re: more yard talk - sod

    It is most likely a different variety of bluegrass, unless you have a ryegrass yard. That is the reason for the color difference.



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    Re: more yard talk - sod

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    And then after a few weeks, it will be back to the same dull color and all you'll have to show for it is extra mowing.

    It could be the sod still has nitrogen left over from last fall that the sod company put on it.

    Regreless, just applying nitrogen only makes more work for ya.
    True that, but it will match. The other option is to water extensively and leach all the nitrogen out of the sod. It will eventually yellow.


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