Troubleshooting Tips

  • 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: 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.
  • Fungus: 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.
  • Crabgrass: 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.

*NOTE: Over-seeding turfgrass areas should not take place where a pre-emergent product has been applied. (Fall provides the best temperatures and conditions for over-seeding your lawn.)