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Common Lawn Problems and Solutions

Helpful Troubleshooting Tips for your Sod

If sod is not rooting

Most sod varieties will begin to root within ten to fourteen days. Check watering schedule and adjust to a deeper, less frequent watering. Excessive shade will slow down the establishment of the roots.

Bluish gray spots in the sod

Try increasing minutes per watering and check or adjust sprinkler coverage. The sod may be stressed from lack of water.


Mushrooms are a condition of a frequent watering schedule and are a temporary nuisance. As watering gets deeper and less often, mushrooms usually dry up and wither away.

Gaps between rolls

The sod is shrinking due to lack of water. Increase minutes per watering and frequency to minimize gaps. Hand watering the gaps will increase root growth and close the gaps.


Diseases need to be eradicated, promptly. Usually fungus occurs when too much water has been applied in warm weather. The presence of fungus is everywhere; water and heat will activate it. Identify the fungus and or apply a broad spectrum fungicide to put the disease in check. A second application may be necessary. Consult your local nursery for a fungicide recommendation and always refer to the label instructions.


Heat can build up fast and the emergence of crabgrass can sneak up on you and continue to germinate throughout the entire summer season. Although the first application of pre-emergent should have been applied by early March, areas with a past history of crabgrass infestation should receive a pre-emergent application as soon as possible. Always check and follow label directions. A well maintained lawn that is thick and lush will help minimize the invasion of crabgrass and other weeds.

Crabgrass growing in new lawn
Mushrooms growing in new lawn