Ten Steps to a Perfectly Sodded Lawn

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Sod installation

1. It’s critical to prepare the soil properly

Any new lawn’s basis is the dirt. If the soil is poor, the grass will have a difficult time developing a deep root system and will require more water. Rototill to a depth of 4 to 6 inches of the existing soil. It’s like attempting to grow grass on your driveway by installing fresh sod on hard-packed ground. It is possible, but not always practicable.

2. Incorporate organic matter

Add 3 to 4 cubic yards of organic matter per 1,000 square feet of sodded land and rototill it in. Organic matter will boost the soil’s water holding capacity and provide essential minerals. The most critical aspect of creating a fresh lawn is proper soil preparation.

3. Complete soil preparation

Remove all pebbles and debris from the sodded area and rake it smooth to eliminate any high or low places. A flat surface devoid of huge clumps of soil and stones will keep your grass from becoming lumpy.

4. Areas beneath the walkways and driveways

In all locations along pathways and roads, cut down the dirt to about 1 1/2 inch depth. The new sod may then be laid flat against the concrete.

5. Run a sprinkler system test

After the new sod has been placed, it is too late to test the sprinkler system. Turn on the sprinklers and check for leaks and coverage once the area has been readied and ready for sod. Make any repairs or adjustments that are required.

6. Water the soil you’ve prepared

Water the soil until it is 2 to 3 inches deep in water. It’s a recipe for disaster to lay new sod on hot, dry earth. The heated earth may quickly take away any remaining moisture in freshly cut sod. This should be done 48 hours before sod installation to ensure that the soil is solid enough to walk on while yet keeping moisture.

7. Don’t make the new sod wait Install it the same day it arrives

It’s a recipe for disaster to leave fresh sod on the pallet overnight. Sod is a highly perishable commodity that soon dries out. It is difficult to bring it back if it becomes dehydrated, and it may be lost.

8. Sod installation in action

Begin laying new sod in a brick-like arrangement with the rows staggered horizontally. Pull all seams together tightly, and make sure there are no gaps between the rolls. Rolls should be trimmed and chopped along pathways and edging.

9. Watering

Begin watering as soon as the sod is set. Watering should be continued until the soil is saturated 4 to 6 inches down. Keep the sod wet by watering it on a regular basis. This should be done for 10 to 12 days, or until the roots have knitted themselves into the soil. Before roots establish, fresh sod can quickly dry, causing serious harm to your new grass.

The grass is dry if the blades turn blue/gray in color or if footprints emerge. It needs to be watered straight soon. After the roots have knitted to the soil, water every 2 to 4 days, keeping an eye out for signs of stress on the grass.

10. Mowing

When the roots have established themselves in the soil, mowing may commence. The initial mowing should be done in the opposite direction of the sod installation. Never take more than a third of the blade height off. Scalping or cutting the plant too short can cause plant shock, making it difficult to recover and making it more prone to disease. Mowing should be done with the mower set to a height of at least 2 1/2 inches in the future.

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