Mid-spring, about 7 weeks ago, we had new sod professionally laid. The company regraded a bit, put down topsoil and laid the sod. We were given instructions to water for 30 minutes per day for the first 3-4 weeks, then every other day for a few more weeks. Also, we were instructed not to cut until 5-6 inches high. We followed those instructions and just cut the grass the first time about a week and a half ago.
Well, now that the grass is cut, I'm seeing that what appeared to be a healthy new lawn is brownish and yellow in spots, dry and sparse in spots, and in still other spots seems overly wet with long blades of grass in areas laid over and not reached by the mower.
I've tried repeatedly calling the landscaper back, but they are not returning calls.
I've read about top-dressing as a possible option, among others - including the diluted dish soap therapy.
I would REALLY appreciate anyone's weighing in on some things we can try! We really don't want to lose the lawn as since it was professionally laid it was quite an investment.
I'll also note that this is a rather small back lawn (we live in a row home) and is roughly 500 square feet.
In the photos, you can see a further back shot, where the lawn appears to be doing so-so... and then a close up shot of a problem area with the mix of issues. A note: some of the dead appearing grass is just laying on top from mowing --- I tried to be very gentle with the rake!