How To lay Sod
FIVE STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL SOD INSTALLATION
Step 1 – MEASURING AND ORDERING
Make a sketch of your lot and then measure the area you wish to sod. Calculate the square feet of sod needed (length in feet x width in feet) then divide by 9 to convert to square yards. If you need help just call us: 637-5883
Step 2 – SOIL PREPARATION
Prepare the lot by grading or raking so that soil slopes away from foundations and building so as to eliminate drainage problems. Tilling to a depth of 4”- 6” smoothing the soil, removing rocks and sticks and roots. Water heavily to see if water puddles in any low spots. If so, add top soil or regrade to eliminate low spots.
Step 3 – SOD INSTALLATION
Start laying sod immediately after delivery. Begin watering sod 30 minutes of instillation. Sod is a living plant that requires contact and moisture to survive! In hot weather, protect un laid sod by placing in the shade if possible. Begin installing sod along the longest straight line such as a drive way or a side walk. Butt and push edges and ends against each other tightly, and stretch lightly. Avoid gaps or over laps. Remember sod shrinks when it dries. Stagger the joints in each row like a brick like fashion, using a large knife or machete to trim corners, etc. Avoid leaving small strips on the outer edge as they will not retain enough moisture. On slopes lay the sod across the slope. After installing the sod, roll the entire area with a roller designed for this purpose, to ensure good ground contact and to eliminate the appearance of seams. This gives the smooth professional appearance of newly installed sod.
Step 4 – WATERING
Give your new lawn a good soaking of water within 30 minutes of installation. Water daily, or more often keeping sod moist until it is firmly rooted in. About 2 weeks is what you should expect, then deeper less frequent watering is the ideal. Lift random pieces of sod to ascertain that you are water enough to wet the soil below the sod. Weather condition 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 frequently where reflected heat dried the turf.
Step 5 – MOWING
You will know your sod has rooted in when you notice that it needs to be mowed. Carefully mow as to not displace it. It is important that mowing not be delayed too long. Cut it high the first time, but gradually mowing closer to an eventual height of 1 ½ inches.