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Sod installation

Ground preparation

1. You should have a soil analysis done, and ask the testing lab for recommendations on soil amendments.  

 

2. Add your amendments to the soil if they are called for and then till in to the soil to a depth of four – six inches. Level the tilled soil and then pack with a roller to firm up the base. Rework the areas that need more attention and roll again. This is the most important part of your ground preparation. Once you lay the sod you cannot change the grade or smooth it out with a roller.

 

3. The grade on your lawn should be one and a half inches below a sidewalk, drive or curb, and one inch below established turf.

 

4. When you are just placing topsoil and not tilling up virgin ground we recommend that you fertilize the ground after you get it leveled and rolled. A starter fertilizer works well for giving new sod a boost.  A starter fertilizer is high in phosphorous. We sell fertilizer or you can get it through local retail stores.

 

1. An important rule of thumb to remember when installing sod is that you need to work with straight lines and maintain that line as you put down your sod.

 

2. Stagger your seams with a brick pattern.

 

3. Always build your outside edge with full pieces as you go. They do not dry out as fast as small pieces when placed on the outside edge.

 

4. Within a half hour of laying down sod pack it with a roller and then put water on the newly laid sod. Always have a sprinkler following you. If you have a sprinkler system once you get a zone sodded you can then turn on that zone.  But always have a garden hose and sprinkler on site so you can apply water as you are laying. If you don’t have a sprinkler system then all the more reason to have the water right behind you. That initial first watering is very important.

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Preparing your lawn for sod

Before laying down your new sod, there are several steps you should take in order to make sure your lawn will be healthy. Below you'll find our guide on making sure that the sod you lay down will be healthy and long-lasting.

 

We'll also provide you instructions for care after the sod has been installed and long term care in order to help keep your lawn healthy for years to come.

Long term care

1. Your new sod needs to be watered two to three times a day depending on the temperature.

 

2. Water during the day to replace the evaporating water. An example of a watering schedule would be 8am, 12pm, 4pm. How long you water depends on the output of your sprinkler or sprinklers. We can help you with that at the time of purchase.

 

3. Water two to three times a day for two weeks then cut it back to once a day. The once a day watering can be done in the evening or early morning. After a month you can reduce your watering to two to three times a week.

 

4. The recommended watering for this area is one inch/week in the cool months and one and a half to two inches /week in July and August.

 

5. Overwatering is not an issue in the first two weeks. It becomes an issue once the sod is established. Proper water management and fertilizing program is the key to a healthy yard.

 

6. At one month fertilize your new yard with a well balanced fertilizer. With the heavy watering to get it established the nitrogen is leached out and your sod will be in need of more nitrogen.

 

7. The sod is mowed at two inches at the farm and in two weeks after installation it will need to be mowed. Dry it up so you can mow. Collect your clippings this first time and then put the water right back on the sod.

 

8. Fertilize your yard three to four times a year to keep a healthy yard. A well-fed yard is more drought-tolerant and weed-resistant.

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