Sodding 101: Effective Solutions To Common Sod Problems

If you plan to install new sod in your landscaping soon, learning about proper sod care is crucial. Fortunately, most new sod problems can be quickly resolved if detected early. Otherwise, you risk its early death and dormancy.

Read on to discover more about common sod problems, their causes, and all the solutions you need to implement to get better results.

Few of the Common Sod Problems:


Color Turns Brown

If you notice your bright green sod turning brown, you may become concerned that it is dead and cannot be revived, which is not true! On the other hand, Brown grass is not always a sign of death. Instead, brown grass denotes impending death or dormancy. Grass dies six weeks after turning brown and going dormant.

For this situation, first, determine the root cause of your sod’s dormancy. Afterward, you can find a solution that could fix your sod problem.

When the Sod is Not Properly Watered 

First, water your new sod at least once daily for the first week or more frequently if your sod installation expert recommends. Properly Watering your sod can help revive dormant grass.

When the Soil is Compact 

Examine the soil beneath the sod to ensure that it gets enough water. The soil should be loose and not compacted. Compacted soil cannot absorb enough water to keep sod roots hydrated and lacks enough oxygen to support grass growth. With this, try airing out the soil beneath your sod with a garden aerator. This will also help prevent the sod from turning brown

When You Accidentally Put Fertilizer

Professionals have advised that new sod doesn’t need fertilizer. However, it may have gone dormant if you accidentally fertilized your sod. Stop fertilizing your dormant sod grass for it to re-green and keep healthy.

When the Sod Is Unable to Establish its Roots

There are two types of sod roots: shallow roots and deep roots. Deep rooting occurs two weeks after sod installation, followed by shallow rooting.

Don’t be discouraged if your new sod doesn’t establish shallow roots within two weeks or if it takes a few weeks; this is a part of the process. Your sod should be able to recover once you’ve identified the source of the problem.

When the Sod Floats

Floating sod impedes proper sod rooting. Water your floating sod, and then roll it over with a garden roller.

When the Sod is Not Watered Properly

While inadequate watering during the first week after installation does not always result in dormancy, it can stunt the growth of shallow sod roots, which is a crucial and common sod problem. Therefore, water your sod frequently for the first week to encourage shallow rooting.

Water your sod every other day, but saturate the soil more thoroughly. This watering schedule encourages shallow sod roots to grow deeper into the soil to collect evaporating water.

When the Sod is Over-Mowed

When grass blades are exposed to sunlight, photosynthesis occurs, and plants produce food. Sun-created food is transported to the roots of plants to nourish them.

Longer-bladed grass blades produce more nutrients than shorter-bladed grass blades. As a result, avoid cutting your sod too short in the first few weeks while it establishes a robust root system.


Landscaping, especially for your home, is a fun and enjoyable undertaking. It’s even better when you install and care for your sod because, in turn, your home will be beautiful! Now that you are equipped with the proper knowledge, you can finally put them into practice.

Are you looking for a sodding service? Clear Cut Group provides low-cost landscape maintenance for both residential and businesses. Because of their years of experience, our team knows the value of long-term clients.


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