The first 10 days after installation are the most important for healthy sod. Watering should be done two times a day—in the early morning and late afternoon—for two weeks. During this time, we recommend you avoid any traffic on the new sod if possible.
After two weeks, you can cut back the watering to one time a day in the morning. Before you mow the new turf, perform a tug test in multiple areas to ensure that it is rooting into the soil. The first mowing should be done on a high setting and bagged to avoid leaving the clippings behind.
Each time you mow, you can lower your cutting level bit-by-bit until you reach the desired height. At that point, mulch your clippings. It is best to mow on weekly basis from this point forward. For best results, after 3-4 weeks you can begin fertilizing your lawn on a regular 4-Step Program.