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DIY Turf

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Why Are Most Lawns Sodded?

  • Easy to Install
  • Withstands Heavy Usage
  • Less Work to Maintain
  • Good Investment
  • Enviromentally Friendly

Site Preparation

  • Remove any vegetation that is on the site. If using a weed killer, wait the manufacturer’s recommended time, and then work up the area. Make sure to clean up all debris.
  • Packed topsoil depth should be 4-6 inches. You will leave a footprint but not sink into the soil.
  • Slope soil away from foundations to prevent drainage problems.
  • Leave soil down 1-2 inches along curbs and driveways (to prevent scalping when mowing).
  • Install irrigation systems at this stage.
  • Water to reveal uneven spots, then grade to correct them.

How to Order Your Turf

  • Divide yard into basic shapes-squares, rectangles, circles. Measure the area(s). Phone or email us if you need advice.

  • Insert measurements into our sod calculator

Rectangular/Square:

Your width in feet:

Your length in feet:

Square feet needed:



Triangular:

Enter your first side in feet:

Enter your second side in feet:

Square feet needed:



Circular:

Enter the radius in feet:

Square feet needed:



Call Westwood Turf Farm and place your order to: "To place your order call Westwood Turf Farm at (306) 937-3222 or email us at turffarm@sasktel.net

Tips on Laying Turf

Two important things to remember – limber up and green side up! Ha ha ha!

  • Sod is a living, breathing plant and needs care immediately. It should be installed the same day of delivery.
  • In HOT weather, lay top half of all pallets as you proceed to prevent heating in the middle of the rolls.
  • Select your longest straight edge to start laying. Stagger joints in a brick-like fashion.
  • Keep edges and ends of strips tight together, but be careful not to overlap or stretch the sod.
  • On slopes, place the turf pieces so they run across the slope rather than up and down the slope.
  • On steep slopes, you may need pegs to keep the sod from sliding. Keep pegs in place until first mowing.
  • Use a utility knife to cut or shape the sod. Sod cuts very easily on the dirt side.
  • Use soil to cover any exposed edges of turf when done laying to prevent drying out.
  • You can roll your lawn after laying and before watering to smooth out slight humps. Watering also helps with this.

Watering

  • Begin watering at least ½ hour after turf is installed.
  • If you are installing a large area, water sections as you complete them.
  • Foundations and sidewalks tend to draw moisture out of the sod; these spots may need more water.
  • Water heavily - about 1 inch of water. Roots will only grow where the soil is moist. You may need to water daily for 2 weeks until roots develop.
  • During hot or windy conditions, you may need to water twice a day. If allowed to dry out, the sod pieces will shrink and gaps will be left along the joints.
  • Once lawn is established, give it a thorough watering 1-2 times a week. Grass will develop a blue-grey tinge if thirsty.

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Turfgrass Producers International
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