Care of a New Sod Lawn
I have a very small lawn in front of my Townhouse. It is about half shady half sunny. Approximately 3-4 weeks ago I dug up the whole lawn and installed sod. I have been watering it religiously (at least 4 hours per day) and it appears to be doing pretty well.
I have two questions on how to make sure the lawn stays nice.
1) As I said I've been watering it every day for several hours a day. How long do I need to keep up that over-saturation? Once I'm done with the over-saturation period how often should I water the lawn? Will the amount of watering needed change as the weather continues to grow colder?
2) I always hear about "fall feeding". I'm assuming, however, that any type of fertilization regiment will be damaging to the sod before it has a chance to establish itself. Is this true? Should I fertilize this fall? If not, should I fertilize next spring? If so, what type of fertilizer should I use?
The lawn finally looks really nice and I want to keep it that way, so I appreciate any advice you guys can give.