New sod whether California Native or traditional turfgrass, will require adequate moisture until
the roots have become established. Short and frequent irrigation should be applied in the first
seven to fourteen days depending on the time of year and your environment. On day one,
enough water should be applied to penetrate the sod and two inches of the native soil. Applying
too much water will rob the roots of oxygen and in warmer weather can possibly lead to disease.
Not applying enough water can cause the new sod to dry out. This can cause the sod rolls to
brown around the edges and the sod rolls to shrink. Should this occur increase irrigation time to
provide adequate moisture to the turf. Once the sod has knitted down all irrigation should be
applied between midnight and 4:00 am. The number of minutes will depend on your irrigation
output. Installing California Native Sod during the Fall and Winter months allows natural rainfall
to assist in the establishment of the new sod.