Watering New Sod or Seed

Watering daily to establish new sod or seed requires a permit.

How to obtain a New Sod or Seed Permit

  1. Add a minimum of 3.5 cubic yards or compost or other acceptable organic material, see below, per 1,000 square feet of the area to receive sod or seed. This works out to be a little over an inch spread across the area.
    1. Disc or rototill the organic material into the soil to a depth of 6 inches.
    2. Acceptable organic material includes compost, aged manure, or peat moss but does not include fertilizer or polymers.
  2. Get a free permit. An application form must be submitted and approved by the Board prior to installing new sod/seed or over seeding. Click here for the application form


How long to water new sod or seed

  1. Apply 1/2 inch of water daily
    1. For pop-up spray heads, this is approximately 20 minutes. Consider running the system for 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening.
    2. For rotor heads, this is approximately 40 minutes. Consider running the system for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening.
    3. Use a catch can or rain gage to make sure you are applying the right amount of water throughout the landscape.
  2. From May 1 to September 1, no watering between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.