Why Are Most Lawns Sodded?
- Easy to Install
- Withstands Heavy Usage
- Less Work to Maintain
- Good Investment
- Enviromentally Friendly
- 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
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.
- 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.