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Today my back yard was sanded by my landscapers. Some background information....

Sod was laid in March. It wasn't doing well in spots about a month later and we realized the redwood trees would have to go. Too much shade for the Tifway 419 and the needles weren't doing us any favors either. We had intended these to be taken out eventually so it just moved up the time table. The subcontractor the landscapers used to remove the trees left fairly large divets on the lawn in the new sod. My landscapers were not happy with the tree people. In addition the sod they got from the farm was not level. It was so bad they took pictures of it to show the sod people and have decided to use a different farm. They told me they would bring in sand to fix it. Today was the sand day. In preparation, I've been reading through the leveling threads to make sure everything is done right. I scalped the lawn yesterday. They only used landscaping rakes and shovels to level it out. No drag mat or broom like I see people doing on here. I don't know if I should go out and sweep or just leave it. I've included pictures of the sanding below. You can tell me what you think with the pictures. The sprinklers are set to run tomorrow morning. Is it ok to water then?

I have a bunch of questions. I'll try and list them out

1) The landscaper said I needed to fertilize my lawn. He called some place to find out what type of fertilizer exactly but they weren't there. I am a complete novice. I have no idea what type of fertilizer my lawn needs. I don't know what to do to put it on my lawn (one of these hand crank kinds? Is that ok?). I'm also not sure when to do this with the sand on there. Any advice?

2) The landscaper said wait two weeks to mow. Is this correct?

3) I am going to get some PGR but I'm waiting for someone to have extra on the exchange thread. I know I need some kind of sprayer. I have read through the sprayer threads but is there one thing that I can just buy and spray my lawn with or do I need to track down all these different heads for the sprayer? Is it something I could acquire over time or do I need it before I do the PGR because it would be a waste otherwise? Do I wait until the grass is fully grown through the sand to do the PGR?

Any help would be great. Thank you!

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Welcome to TLF, glad to have you here. :thumbup: Congratulations on the new lawn. Head over to to see if you can get a measurement on your lawn, this will at least get you in the ballpark.

Pictures are always great to have, and it wouldn't be a bad idea to start a lawn journal in the Warm Season subforum. While you're there, at the top of the forum is the Popular Threads sticky. First, you'll want to read through the Bermuda Bible: The New Testament which will give a new bermuda lawn owner a great head start on how best to maintain and care for your new lawn. Once you read through that thread, The Bermuda Triangle will help you get some insight into the bare minimum of herbicides that you'll find easiest to treat most of the common weeds that you'll face in your lawn.

I've got to stress to you how important getting your preemergent (PreM) treatment down in the Fall and Spring are in order to have as weed-free a lawn as you can get. This practice, along with proper mowing are going to be some of the best practices that you can give yourself and your lawn and give you the edge over 90% of the neighbor's yards.

To specifically answer your question about mowing frequency, you'll want to maintain a HOC (height of cut) of what you're comfortable with. Bermuda tends to grow pretty aggressively during the heat, and when it's fed. It loves Nitrogen, and don't be afraid to feed it and mow it. That being said, applications of PGR help reduce mowing frequency and can be considered another "tool" in maintenance once you decide on the HOC you want to maintain. Until you get some more equipment to take care of the new lawn, like a sprayer you can calibrate (which is basically knowing how much water you're applying over 1,000 ft²) I'd also echo what Telly said in holding off on the PGR. You will damage your lawn if you over apply this product, as well as others that you'll need to properly take care of your new lawn.

I find it plausible that there might be some issues with the sod farm, but then again, not every contractor tells the truth. I'd have to see it with my own eyes to see if they were full of poop. But hey, you've at least got a start on a level job, and that's a better start than many of us have when it comes to sanding jobs in the heat of summer. :oops:

Check on the Irrigation Subforum to get some information on how to perform an audit on your irrigation system. This thread has an example of the types of gauges that you can use to measure the output of your system per zone. You'll want to get at least 1/2" of rainfall/irrigation to your lawn during the growing period, but more while it's trying to establish. Go to a piece of sod, and pull up on a corner to see if it's rooted. If it's not, you'll want to keep it moist, not to the point of runoff, just moist. The installer might have it set to not water enough, or too much. Make sure you get instructions on how to set your schedule, and an owner's manual. When the sod has rooted, you can dial back the amount of water you're putting down, just make sure that you're getting 1/2" of water per week.

If you have further questions, feel free to ask them, and we'll try to help as we can.
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