SOD

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful lawn to spruce up your outdoor living area. Installing sod allows you to enjoy a lawn of instant beauty and maturity without the usual time-consuming hassles of seeding.

When purchasing turfgrass sod, consult your local sod supplier. To find one in your area, make sure and ask other people in your area about reputable suppliers in your area, or check with us.

The following are some basic steps to installing a beautiful lawn. Again, check with your local supplier for any further recommendations for your specific area of the country.

STEP 1 – Measuring & ordering

Measure the area of your planned lawn. Include these measurements on a sketch of the lawn area, with the length, width, along with any obstacles such as trees and any unusual features. If you need help figuring a square footage, your local supplier will be happy to determine the amount you will need from your sketch.

Make sure and schedule your order for delivery of the turf after preparatory work is completed and you are ready to install. Prompt installation on the day of delivery is crucial to a strong beginning for your lawn.

STEP 2 – Preparation

Spray out existing weeds and grasses (Allow minimum of 10-14 days for good kill) with a systemic weed killer such as Round-up. Be careful around existing shrubs to not let the spray hit them. If you have an existing lawn, remove existing sod after it dies and haul away. If you have an underground sprinkler system, be sure to flag the sprinkler heads so you won’t damage them during preparation and installation.

For best results, rototill or spade the area to a depth 4 to 6 inches. It is also best to bring in some additional soil and organic mixture, such as compost, to a depth of 3 to 4 inches to incorporate into the soil. Eliminate drainage problems by having the soil slope away from foundations, etc.

If necessary, do a soil test to determine the pH levels. Then rake in fertilizer, lime, peat, or other additives. Your local supplier can recommend what to use in your area and how much. If you have a tractor available, do a rough grading with the tractor and an attachment. Then rake out the area and smooth the soil removing rocks, roots, and large clods. You can usually rent large landscape rakes and rollers from the local rental yard. Roll the area lightly with a lawn roller 1/3-1/2 full of water. This will firm the soil surface and reveal low areas that need more soil. Keep the grade 1/2″-1″ inch below sidewalks or driveways. (The sod is about 1″ thick).It is a good idea to rake again lightly after rolling.

Water the prepared area to settle soil and provide a moist base for turf. Moistening to a depth of 3-6 inches is recommended for most soils. However, we do manage every step as per specific soil needs.

STEP 3 – Turf Installation

Install your lawn immediately upon delivery. Begin watering lawn within 30 minutes of installation. Turf is a living plant that requires ground contact and moisture to survive!!

In hot weather, protect unlaid turf by placing stacks in shade, covering with moist burlap sacking, and/or sprinkling.

Begin installing turf along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk. This first line is important, as it will help you establish the entire lawn correctly. Butt and push edges and ends 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, sprinkler heads, sidewalks, etc. Avoid leaving small strips at outer edges as they will not retain moisture. On slopes, place the turf pieces across the slope, instead of up or down the slope.

To avoid causing indentations on air pockets avoid repeated walking or kneeling on the turf while it is being installed or just after watering. If installing on an especially rainy or wet day, sometimes it helps to use some strips of plywood to help you from sinking into the new soil area. As you lay an area, place some runner strips of plywood down to get to the next area. After installing the turf, roll the entire area to reduce air pockets.

STEP 4 – Watering

Give your new lawn 1 inch of water within 1/2 hour of installation. Water daily, or more often (especially on hot and windy days), keeping turf moist until it is firmly rooted and knitted together about 2 weeks). Once the sod has knit, it should be watered enough over the first few months to maintain a healthy growing condition. After established, 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 buildings more often where reflected heat dries the turf.

Caution: During the first three weeks, avoid heavy or concentrated use of your new lawn. This includes keeping your larger dogs off of the area. This gives the roots an opportunity to firmly knit with soil and insures that the turf will remain smooth.

Maintenance

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

Approximately 7 to 10 days from time of installation mow with a sharp mower. The first mow should not be attempted until sod is firmly rooted and secure in place. Generally, remove no more than 1/3 of the grass height at a mowing. Keep your mower blade sharp.