Installing fresh turf grass, or sod as it is sometimes known, can make your yard look great.
Although it is more affordable, the traditional method of starting with grass seed is more expensive and takes longer to grow. Also, the results are not always predictable.
A sod lawn can give you a lush, lush lawn in weeks instead of months. Sod lawns are also more resistant to pests, diseases, and weeds than other varieties.
Proper installation is the key to sod installation success.
Although the steps aren’t difficult, it can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. Get help and take your time. The results of installing a sod yard will enhance your outdoor living space and increase your home’s curb appeal by following these steps.
Properly preparing the soil is key to a beautiful sod lawn. Sod should be prepared with aerated soil and compost.
The soil should be slightly acidic, but nutrient-rich. These are the steps you need to take to prepare your soil.
- To loosen approximately 6 inches of dirt, use a rototiller.
- Spread top-quality compost on the dirt. The compost should be approximately 2 inches in depth.
- Add a layer of 2 to 3 inches of sand. The purpose of the sand was to improve drainage.
- The best advice for anyone laying sod is to have the soil tested. You can make your own soil kits, but it is more expensive to have it professionally tested.
- Add fertilizer to the soil after you have completed the soil test. Depending on the soil test results, some may need lime.
Leveling The Ground
Failing to level the ground is a common error when laying sod. This can make the lawn look uneven and bumpy. In some cases it can also cause the seams of the lawn to become visible, creating a patchwork quilt effect.
Use a rake, or another similar tool to move the soil to fill in any gaps and lower the high points. After the soil is level, water sparingly to prepare for laying the sod.
Laying the Sod
Every tile layter who has ever had to make a mistake when laying tiles knows that the way you start can have an enormous impact on the final result. Laying sod is no different.
- Find the longest straight spot in your yard. This is the place where you’ll lay your first roll.
- Use the entire length of the sod for the first roll.
- After it has been lowered, remove any air pockets by gently patting it down.
- Avoid stepping on the newly laid sod. If you do, make sure to use a rake.
- You will need to trim each row in half for the last row.
- Place the sod in a way that is more difficult. To get an idea of the look, think of a brick wall.
- Make sure seams are firmly bonded together but not overlapping.
- When placing around trees or flower beds, cut the sod as necessary.
Post Installation Care
Proper care is important after the new lawn has been installed, especially during the first few weeks.
- You should water your new lawn immediately after installation.
- For at least one week, do not allow pets or foot traffic.
- For the first week, water every day. The second week, water every other day. Water twice per week. NOTE: The best time to water your sod in most southeast climates is in the morning.
- You should not mow your lawn after it has grown to at least 3 inches. You can then mow the lawn down to approximately 2 inches.
- Use a lightweight, walking-behind mower until the sod has been established. A riding mower can cause damage to the sod.
- After about a month, it is a good idea for you to add another round.
- Hire a professional lawn care company to protect your investment.
Installing a new lawn can seem overwhelming or too physically demanding. Hire professional lawn installers.
You can easily install a healthy and beautiful lawn with proper planning, timing, and preparation. Instead of waiting months for your seeded lawns to mature, you can now relax and enjoy your new lawn in just a few weeks.