Our experienced installers here will provide you with all the preparation and sod installation that you need, resulting in a healthy and beautiful, high quality lawn.
When To Lay Sod
- Sod can be installed at any time of the year, as long as the area receiving the sod can be prepared.
- Spring: The most popular time to install sod for homeowners and landscapers. Sod installed during the cool spring temperatures requires a fraction of irrigation that summer installation requires.
- Summer: Sod installed during the summer months will require more water than other times of the year. Sod is a viable option because of the small success rates of summer seeding. A readily accessible water source is recommended after installation.
- Fall: Also a popular time for sod installation. Fall installations require only a fraction of the irrigation that summer installs do. Late fall projects greatly benefit from sod because the colder temperatures make it harder to grow grass from seed.
- Winter: Many people do not realize that sod can be laid during the winter months. Sod installed during the winter months will root by spring time, this is a result of soil temperature and warm days. Sod does not require any watering over the winter.
Install & Care
If you prefer to do the installation on your own, here are some great steps to help guide you through the process:
- Measuring and Ordering
- Measure and sketch out the area you would like to cover with sod. Be sure to measure in square feet (ft2). After full preparation of the area schedule your order for pick up or delivery of sod. Prompt installation on the day you receive your sod is crucial to a strong beginning for your lawn.
- Measuring Calculator http://www.calculator.net/square-footage-calculator.html
- Soil Preparation
Remove any existing grass, weeds, and large rocks.
Fill in low spots, ruts and dips with topsoil.
Level the area smooth with a hard rake removing any remaining rocks, roots, or large clods of soil.
Keep the grade 1 inch below sidewalks or driveways.
Spread starter fertilizer and Lime on area to be sodded (optional).
- Turf Installation
- Install your sod immediately upon its arrival.
- Sod requires ground contact and moisture to survive.
- Begin installing sod along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk. Push edges and ends against each other tightly, without stretching.
- Avoid gaps and overlaps. Stagger the joints in each row in a brick-like fashion, using a spade shovel to trim the corners, etc.
- Avoid leaving small strips at outer edges as they will not retain moisture. On slopes, place the turf pieces across the slope.
- To avoid causing indentations or air pockets avoid repeated walking or kneeling on the turf while it is being installed or just after watering.
- Give your lawn at least 1 in. of water within 30 minutes of installation so that the soil underneath becomes very wet.
- Water daily, keeping turf moist until it is firmly rooted (about 2 weeks).
- Once grass is established you can water/soak the lawn at least once a week. The weather will determine how much watering is needed on occasion. During a drought be sure to water more frequently and less frequently during rainy weeks.
- Water areas near buildings more often where reflected heat dries the turf.
- When mowing you need to generally remove no more than 1/3 of the grass height.
- Keep your mower blade sharp.
- Keep off the grass
- During the first couple of weeks after installation, keep traffic off your newly planted turf grass as much as possible.
- Your new turf grass needs to firmly knit with the soil.
- Any traffic on the new sod, when in watering stages, will create indentures and distort the new lawn
- Apply fertilizers after the new grass has fully rooted.
- Fertilizer and chemical applications will depend on climate, soil, insects, weed and disease conditions.
- Enjoy your new lawn!