How often should you water new Zoysia sod?

Every home owner would love to have a lush green lawn that your neighbors would be envious of. When planning your landscaping it’s important to that you choose between grass seed or sod for your lawn. Zoysia grass is a very popular grass type grown in lawns and its ability to retain water and being drought-resistant will give you a beautiful lush green lawn all year round.

Thorough watering of your new lawn is very important because it will help it to develop strong roots. The best time to water your lawn is in the morning, before noon. Zoysia needs about an inch of water a week for it to get its roots properly established in the soil, and if the rains aren’t adequate, you can use a sprinkler to water one morning a week. Because of its thick turf that retains moisture, Zoysia is susceptible to fungi, so be sure to water in the morning to allow your lawn to dry throughout the day.

Zoysia grass

Zoysia grass is a warm climate grass that is loved by home owners because it’s shade, drought, and wear tolerant. Once it gets established in your lawn, you don’t need to do much to maintain it and it doesn’t need frequent watering. This grass doesn’t grow well in poorly drained or wet soil like clay. If you want to keep your Zoysia lawn green during the hot summer season, you’ll have to water it. To prevent the grass from drying up due to frequent light watering, you should water your Zoysia lawn thoroughly once a week or every other week instead of several times a week. The water should penetrate the soil at least 6-8 inches. An inch of water will take about 3-4 hours and about 600 gallons of water per 1000 sq. feet.

How to check if you have watered enough

If you see big spaces between your rows of sod or if there’s pulling at the corners, it means you’re not watering enough. If you also notice some shrinkage in your new lawn, it means it’s drying out. If you’re only seeing poor results in one area of your lawn, it might be because your sprinklers aren’t providing enough water and you might need to do some adjustments. Look for areas that aren’t recovering after being stepped on or gray areas. This is an indication that your lawn isn’t getting enough water.

Best types of grass to plant

Type of grass
Best time to plant
Type of soil
Maintenance tips
Early fall or late summer
Tolerates acidic
Frequent watering and apply nitrogen fertilizer
Bermuda grass
Early summer or late spring
Light textured
Water one time a week and apply 1 pound of nitrogen fertilizer to 1000 sq. feet
Zoysia grass
Early summer or late spring
Soil with a pH of 5.5-6.5
Keep moist and 15 lbs of fertilizer per 1000 sq. feet
Fine fescue
Fall and spring
Most types
1 – 5/4 inches of water per week and don’t use fertilizer

How to water your Zoysia sod

Zoysia grass thrives in well-draining soils and a lot of sunlight

and requires less water than most warm-season grass varieties. Here are a few steps that will help you water your zoysia sod properly for the best results.

  • Attach a pulsating sprinkler head to the end of your garden hose and the other end to a water source.
  • Stretch the hose to the center of your zoysia sod and plant the sprinkler into the ground at a position where the water spray will reach all the edges of the sodded area. Ensure the sprinkler is firmly in the ground.
  • Turn on the sprinkler during the morning hours and water the sod to about 1 inch and repeat this process for the first 7-14 days after installing your sod or until the sod has become well established in the soil. Don’t let the lawn dry out.
  • Every third day of the week while the sod is producing new roots, water it to about 6 inches in the morning to reduce evaporation.
  • Once the Zoysia sod is established, water the soil to 2 inches once it dries from around 2-8 am. Use about ½ – ¾ inches of water to wet the soil to about 6-8 inches every time you irrigate your sod.


Sod is a grass that has already started growing and is better and most commonly used over grass seeds because it gives you fast results, but it’s more expensive than grass seeds. With wise watering, regular fertilization, and proper mowing techniques you’ll enjoy your beautiful lush green lawn in no time.


How long does it take for the sod to take root?

The process takes about 2 weeks for the shallow roots to appear and about 6 weeks to achieve deep root growth.

Can you walk on freshly laid sod?

Once the sod has been laid down, it’s watered thoroughly so the ground will be wet. If you have to you can walk on the grass, but it’s best to wait a week to allow the earth to compact.

William Smith

William Smith has been rendering his services to a botanical garden for the better part of his adult life and has recently moved to landscaping firms. His love for gardens has been nurtured since he was a kid, evident from the various garden centers and estates that have benefited from his services. Smith is a natural when it comes to gardening and when combined with his acquired degree in landscape design, you can expect a high-quality professional job, thanks to his experience and expertise. During his free time, Smith does gardening as a hobby and runs forums where he offers expert ideas on gardening.

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