A: Your new sod is going to want plenty of nitrogen fertilizer as it grows. Unfortunately, fungi and bacteria in the soil also need nitrogen to break down the wood chips. When the chips are fully decomposed, the nitrogen will be released, but that could be a couple of years from now. If you plant sod, it will be light yellow until then. You can fix that situation by scattering a pint of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 100 square feet in the area where the chips and soil are mixed. Water the spot and wait for the soil to firm up enough to lay sod. The extra fertilizer should satisfy the needs of the bacteria and fungi, and you can fertilize your lawn with turf fertilizer this year as the label directs.
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