Laying Sod Like a Pro

1. Measuring & ordering

Our sod is sold by the square foot. Get the width times length to determine your square feet you need. If you have an unusual shape make a sketch of the lawn, with the length, width, and any unusual features and we would be happy to assist you in determining the amount of turfgrass sod you will need from your sketch.

All your prep work should be done in advance.  You do not want your sod to sit around and dry out. Prompt installation on the day of purchase is crucial to a strong beginning for your lawn.

A trick of the trade is to order 5-10% more than what your measurements are, to allow for trimming and waste.

2. Soil preparation

Old Lawn

Strip old grass and thatch layer to bare soil or completely destroy old lawn with rototiller. Then grade same as above for new lawn.

New Lawn

Grade to slope away from home, fill in all depressions, so no water lays. Leave final grade 1″ below sidewalks and curbs. Apply separate application of starter fertilizer and lime per directions before installation or about 3 weeks later. Additional lime may be required after reviewing soil test results. Apply on soil and rake in to the top 1/4 inch of soil.

3. Sod installation

Begin installing turf along the longest straight line, such as the driveway or sidewalk. Butt and push edges against each other tightly, without stretching. Avoid gaps or overlaps. Stagger the joints in each row in a brick-like fashion, using a large sharp knife to trim corners, etc. Avoid leaving small strips at outer edges as they will not retain moisture. On slopes, place the turf pieces across the slope.

Water thoroughly as soon as a sizable area is sodded. Give your new lawn 1 inch of water within the 1/2 hour of installation. Water 1/2″ daily, or more often, keeping turf moist until firmly rooted (about 2 weeks). Then less frequent and deeper watering should begin.

Weather conditions will dictate the amount and frequency of watering. Be certain that your new lawn has enough moisture to survive hot, dry, or windy periods. Water areas near building more often where reflected heat dries the turf.

4. Caution

During the first three weeks, avoid heavy or concentrated use of your new lawn. This gives the roots an opportunity to firmly knit with the soil, and insures that the turf will remain smooth. Make sure to keep an eye out for under or over watering, adjustments may be needed due to shade, sprinkler patterns or weather. If you see an issue, call us for some pointer before it really bad, a minor adjustments could save your hard work.

5. Maintenance

Your new sod will increase your property value significantly. With proper care, it will remain a great asset, providing beauty, clean playing surface, and an improved environment.


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