Yellow Grass: Improper Irrigation

February 17, 2021 | Concern Solutions, Days 1-3, Days 4-14, posted by Milena

Drought-stressed sod post-installation

Ninety-nine percent of the time, when grass turns yellow during the first few weeks after installation, the issue is improper irrigation. Several factors could be at play, causing the drought stress. Please make sure to thoroughly read our article on irrigation, which you can find on our website’s Grass Care page. Ensure the irrigation schedule is appropriate for the temperatures, weather, yard conditions, and soil type.

Common Causes:

  • Uneven Sprinkler Coverage
  • Frequent, Shallow Irrigation
  • Improper Irrigation Method
  • Sloping/Water Runoff
  • Gaps
  • Soil Compaction
  • Soil Type (ex. dense, clay soil)
  • Incorrect Irrigation Schedule/Duration
  • Sprinkler Head Malfunction


  • Proper Irrigation Method
  • Water sod at least 1-1.5 inches of water daily.
  • Water deeply once per day vs. multiple, shorter waterings.
  • Adjust Irrigation Appropriately (slopes, edges, gaps, full sun, etc.)