Sod and Sprinkler System Installation: Which Comes First?

Posted by Joe Mouad on Oct 28, 2021 11:59:00 AM

New sod and sprinkler installation go hand in hand, right?

New sod needs lots of water. It makes perfect sense.

But do you install sprinklers or sod first?

Let’s take a look.

Sod and Sprinkler Installation: Sprinklers First

While you can install sprinklers in your lawn anytime, the ideal time is before you lay sod — so you don’t disturb the newly installed grass.

lawn with new sod and irrigation
Imagine your beautiful new green carpet of sod.

Now imagine slicing into it all over the place and peeling it back to dig trenches for your irrigation lines.

Cringing? Us, too. That’s why you install sprinklers before sod.

There’s a lot of digging involved, from 6-inch trenches to accommodate all the pipe and fittings to holes for burying the valve box. It’s a bit of a mess.

Why dig into your beautiful new sod when you can dig in exposed dirt and cover it up later?

Sod and Sprinkler Installation: Sod Needs Water Right Away

Water is the single most important part of new sod care. Your new grass is really thirsty.

lawn with irrigation spraying
Install your sprinklers before the sod, and they’re ready to start watering your new sod right away. And they’ll get a good workout. You’ll water a couple times a day for the first week, drop back to once a day the second week, and four times a week the third week.

Water too little, and your sod will wilt and die. Roots dry out quickly, and gaps can appear if the sod loses moisture after installation, causing the pieces to shrink.

You don’t want your pretty new sod gasping for that precious water while the irrigation is installed.

Next Up, Sod Installation

Once your sprinklers are installed, the sod goes in pretty quickly. It typically takes installers a day or so.Sod installation after irrigation installation
They’ll roll out the sod, match up the seams, fit the sod around obstacles like trees and walkways, then check and adjust all your irrigation heads.

And, before you know it, all the dirt is covered up and your new sprinkler system is ready to start all that watering.

Don’t Forget Irrigation Maintenance

It doesn’t take long for a healthy green lawn to turn brown and die without enough water.

That’s why proper maintenance year-round is crucial.

irrigation system maintenance technicianValves leak. Heads get clogged or broken. Your controller might be set all wrong for the season.

An irrigation technician checks for all of these things, and more, including testing each zone to make sure it’s working properly, and no areas are too wet or too dry.

And they’ll catch any potential problems before they turn into big, expensive repairs.

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