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Tifway 419

Posted by NMTurfGreenhorn New Mexico (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 13, 13 at 1:34

I just planted 875 square feet of tifway 419 sod on Wednesday June 12. I am wondering what the next step is. I know that I have to water is but I am not sure how much water it needs to get. Also I have seen that some people fertilize sod right after laying it to stimulate the root growth. Should I fertilize? And if so, what ratio should I use to ensure the best possible growth for the new sod. I have never actually maintained brand new sod and this is a little confusing to me. I have a friend who suggested using a 13:13:13 mix (1:1:1 ratio) for fertilizer, is this a good idea? Another question is about weed preventer/killer for the bits of weeds that are in the grass. When am I able to use this and what should I use? The mow height is the next question. I want to keep this grass short with a reel mower but I have heard that it is a bad idea to use a reel mower for new sod and that I should wait at least 2 weeks before I even think about mowing it. Is this true? Should I wait awhile and use a rotary mower instead?

If there is any other maintenance that I have forgotten about please help me out.

Thanks in advance

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RE: Tifway 419

I just re-sodded my yard with 419.

I put down a starter fertilizer almost immediately after rolling. I'll be applying Nitrogen-heavy fertilizer as time goes to really inspire growth.

I'm watering the heck out of it, especially since it's hot. My irrigation system is set to 40 minutes at 6:30a, 12:30p and 5:30p.

I have plenty of chemicals to use but I won't until I really need to. [I'd like to get more advice on this myself]

I'll also use a reel mower but I'm going to wait for a couple of weeks or so--not for growth itself but to keep traffic off the turf.

Please, anyone, correct me if what I've said above is wrong. This is advice I've received and is my plan as of today but I don't want to lead anyone the wrong way if these are not "best practice".


RE: Tifway 419

Other than Ferilizer don't think you want to put down anything else for a few months. If your watering plan keeps the grass wet all day then stick with it. I tend to do 5 or 6 times at 5-10 mins a day. Mow it when it needs it. Somewhere around week 2? Using a reel mower is just fine. The lower you mow the more often you will have to cut it. 1" twice a week?

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