When to fertilize new sod?
We bought a home this year and I installed sod in late June. I did the job myself and paid careful attention to soil preparation before I put down the turf. I tilled and raked in a starter fertilizer. The sod was been growing like crazy although over the last two weeks or so I have noticed some brown patches on one side of the lawn. The roots have weaved into the soil but I still think I let up on watering everyday too soon because the areas with brown patches is the area that gets the most sunlight through out the day.
We have gone from a very wet July/early August to a very dry last two weeks of August. Since the lawn in that area appears to be stressed I continued to water daily. I have since notices some new green growth.
My question is this:
Since this is new sod, about 2 months old and some of the sod appears to by drying out, when should I put down fertilizer? Also, what kind of fertilizer should I put down? I've read in several places it's a good idea to wait until after Labor Day to fertilize.
It's a fescue blend. I live in New Hampshire. I'm a big time novice but determined to make this lawn look nice and last a long time. Most of my neighbors yards are disgusting clumps of weeds. Any helps or tips are appreciated but my fertilizer question is the most important at this point. Thanks.