Tips for Laying Sod

The age old saying, “Watching the grass grow,” has never been known for its time being put to good use. So when your lawn is having problems and you need a fix, it might be ideal to lay sod now instead of watching your grass suffer. Whether you need to fix some patchy areas or want to completely renew the grass on your property with a whole new look, sod is a quick and efficient improvement to your situation. With just a few tips, you can make your yard look remarkable all year round.

  1. Mixing the Soil
    When you have decided to lay sod, you will notice that it comes in either squares or a roll of grass with a thin layer of dirt and roots underneath. These roots are going to be the driving life force of the grass to grow in the soil of your front or backyard. Of course, if you lay the grass down on the hard soil, the roots will have nowhere to go or be able to absorb any needed nutrients. This is why it is important to mix your soil up and make it loose for the coming sod. It is ideal to till up six to eight inches of the soil until it is loose to the touch. This way you are creating an accessible environment for the roots to grow, providing more oxygen enrich soil for the roots, and providing a chance for more nutrients to be put into the soil. In addition, it is ideal to have your soil about one inch below the driveway or walkway so your sod won’t be above these areas after you finish.
  2. Making Things Even
    When you begin laying sod, you are just laying patches of grass, soil, and roots on top of the ground. This means that uneven areas can cause problems when you are working. You want to make sure all bumps, inclines, declines, and holes are either filled in or removed to make an even, leveled space for the sod.
  3. Fertilizing
    Plants will grow at their best when the conditions are best for them to do so. It may sound like an obvious statement, but it is not so much an obvious practice if you are new to lawn care. Before laying the sod down, but after mixing the soil up for the sod, you can apply a starter fertilizer that is appropriate to your type of grass and the climate in which you live in. Simply spread the proper starter fertilizer over the soil and rake it in so it can be spread around for the roots of the sod to take hold.
  4. Laying your Sod
    It is important to follow the proper steps to laying the actual sod on your lawn. You will want to make sure if, there is a specific pattern cut, which you abide by this correct pattern. Provide a stabilizer for the sod, such as lawn staples, to hold the grass in place while the roots take hold. This way outside forces won’t move the sod and kill the grass. Furthermore, once you have the sod on your lawn, be sure not to walk on the sod or do much to interfere with it while it is taking root. The best thing you can do for it now is to stay off the grass!
  5. Water, Water, Water!
    Once it is all down and you are looking at a beautifully green yard, it is time to starting watering your lawn. You should be ready to water your lawn 2-3 times a day until the sod has taken root with the soil. You can tell if it has done this by pulling on the grass and seeing if it stays firm to the ground or not.