It’s beautiful. It is everything you had hoped. You and your kids will love the new schools.
But there’s one problem: Your yard. Your neighbors want a lush, green lawn they love. Instead, you have a lawn that is overgrown with dirt, rocks, and weeds. The best way to improve your property is with sod.
Sod grows quickly so in just a few weeks you can have a lush, healthy lawn. Sod is resistant against pests and diseases, which will improve your yard’s durability. You only need to prepare your soil, select the right sod, and then lay the turf. These are the steps you need to create the perfect backyard.
Step 1: Prepare the soil
Once the lawn is laid, it’s relatively simple to maintain it. Before you lay the turf, prepare the soil. This will ensure that your sod grows well.
Take out rocks, weeds, and unwanted Grass.
The new sod must be laid on top a well-prepared, level soil. A landscaper can remove any rocks from your property. Check that the soil is clean. You may need to rent a mower to cut weedy, patchy, or untidy grass below the roots.
Rototill Your Yard
Sod thrives when it is well-aerated and oxidized. Rototilling your yard can loosen the soil and provide it with the oxygen it requires. Level the soil to give your new sod enough space.
Check your soil
Turf thrives in nutrient-rich soil that is slightly acidic. Send a sample of your soil to a laboratory to ensure it is suitable for turf. Ask your provider for a soil inspection. If the soil isn’t strong enough, the turf can be modified to make it more suitable for your soil.
Step 2: Choose the Sod
Roger Cook, a landscaper says that buying sod is essentially purchasing time and sod from another landscaper.
A sod provider can help choose the best turf for your lawn. It doesn’t take long to see the results.
Inform your Turf Provider of Special Needs
Are you in full shade or partial sun? Is your property near a beach or a lake? Are your soils rich in sand? Does your yard contain certain landscaping features? These are the questions you should ask your turf specialist. A specialist will recommend the right type of sod based on your yard’s features. Your provider should be informed about any factors that could affect the growth of your sod.
Take your time
The sod doesn’t need much care beyond regular watering after it is laid. Different types of sod require different care. Before you decide on the type of sod that is best for your lawn, consider how much time it takes to maintain your lawn.
Talk to your Turf Provider
Sod specialists often offer mixed-breed grasses. Hybrids can be made from more than one type of grass in order to get the best color, texture, and health. Ask your provider which sod he/she prefers.
Step 3: Lay the Turf
Within 24 hours, a professional will cut and lay your turf. Order 5% more to ensure your lawn has sufficient surface area. This will allow you to cover curves, corners and other odd spots.
Search for Straight Surface
Start by laying your sod near a straight line in your yard. This could be a driveway, sidewalk, or the back or side of your house. This is where you will roll your first roller. You should then remove any air pockets after laying it.
Lay the rest
Next, align the rest of the sod with your first straight one. A knife can be used to cut holes in the sod for sprinkler heads, adjust the shape of your sod around landscaping elements, decks, or other yard features. Lay the rolls side by side to avoid gaps.
Take care of the newly laid sod
You should not be on your lawn for the first week. It must be watered every day. Water helps to settle soil and keeps the roots of the sod healthy. Reduce your frequency of watering after this time.
After the first month, your lawn should be receiving approximately one inch of water per week. When the lawn is three inches tall, it should be mowed. The lawn should be mowed when it is 3 inches high. Fertilize it every other month for at least three months.
If you take the time to prepare the soil, select the right sod and lay it correctly, your lawn will be lush and beautiful for your neighbors and family. Contact your turf specialist for more information about how to care your lawn.