Information About Your Sod & Grading

SOD installation is dependent on weather conditions and will be arranged as soon as circumstances permit. New sod requires immediate and continued watering until root growth has been established. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to provide water to new sod. Essentially it must be watered almost constantly for the first 24 to 48 hours. A notice is circulated prior to sodding outlining the homeowner’s responsibilities.

  • Boulevards adjacent to your property are the responsibility of the homeowner.
  • Homeowners are urged to make an application to the City for exemption to the watering bylaw permit. Exemption permits are available through Utilities Kingston.
  • There is no warranty on sod and/or landscaping.

It is the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain and water new sod. There is no warranty on sod and landscaping.

Lawn Care Information

How much water does my lawn need a week?

When first installed, your new lawn will require watering every day for the first 4 days and 3 times during the second week. Starting in the third week, reduce irrigation to 25 millimeters (mm) or 1-inch of water a week during the summer, including rain, to encourage deep, healthy rooting.

When should I begin mowing my new lawn?

Generally, newly sodded lawns need mowing after 6 or 7 days. Take special care on slopes; make sure the mower wheels do not disturb the new turfgrass; and keep the mower blades sharp.

How often should I mow my lawn?

Never remove more than 3 cm of the leaf height at once. Don’t let the grass grow so tall that it falls over, and remember to keep your mower blades sharp. Dull blades leave ragged brown tips.

Lawn Care Guidelines c/o Manderley Turf Products Inc.

Important tip: One litre of water in the first hour of installation does more than 6 litres 3 hours later.


Grading is designed to drain water away from the foundation and is part of the site grading plan for the subdivision. Swales and catch basins are designed to drain water away under normal rainfall. Water ponding during spring thaw conditions is normal.

The City controls the grading patterns and the builder must comply with the approved grading plan. Once a grading as built is issued, maintaining the finished grade becomes the responsibility of the homeowner.

We recommend you do not add fences, decks or pools or make alterations to your yard until a grading certificate is received from the City as this could interfere with our ability to make corrections.

Updated on March 20, 2016