Sod Installation Guide

Sod Installation

You may not have heard of sod before because it is more commonly referred to as “turf.” Although it is frequently used in sports stadiums and golf courses, sod is gaining popularity as a fast way to install lawns.

Sod is grass that has been fully grown and is ready to be installed for an instant lawn. It is packed in rolls, complete with roots and a small covering of dirt.

It is an excellent solution for repairing a tiny area of destroyed land, but the value of this lawn-in-a-can does not end there. Sod can assist in preventing flooding, enhancing the quality of the air and water, and boosting cooling. Sod also assists in soil stabilization and decreases ground erosion in your yard.

Preparing the Soil for Sod Installation

Leveling, tilling, fertilizing, and maintaining enough soil moisture are all critical components of your sod’s installation success. Sod should be laid on level, smooth ground. The ground should be fairly level, hard, and clear of stones. This includes clearing the area of any plant debris and rocks larger than a ping pong ball.

Buying the Right Type of Sod

The following step is to buy the proper type of sod! We will assist you in accomplishing this. To suit your current grass, bring a sample in and we will help you. If you’re starting from scratch, we can assist you by taking into account your sun exposure, irrigation habits, and predicted traffic in the area.

How Much Sod You Need?

Once you’ve determined the type of sod to purchase, you’ll need to determine the quantity. You’ll need to know the square footage of the land you’re sodding in order to perform this. For smaller areas, just measure the length and width using a tape measure to determine the square footage. For larger spaces, take several steps away from the area, assuming each step is approximately three feet long. Bring your measurements to us and we can assist you in determining the amount of sod you require.

Installation Process

Sod lawn installation needs more than simply a few hours of labor. There are a lot of aspects that need to be taken into account to determine the success of sod installation. The sod installation company you hire needs to be up to date on the steps they take to achieve great results. The preparation of your property for sod installation should begin as soon the team comes to your property. 

The following are the steps that need to be taken to ensure successful installation:

  • Removing weeds and old grass from the ground.
  • If necessary, amend the soil.
  • Making the soil level and draining effectively by grading it
  • With industry standards in mind, installing the sod
  • Installing irrigation or sprinklers to ensure adequate watering of the sod

When it comes to caring for new sod, there are a few key differences between it and established grass. Avoid the urge to lay out a picnic blanket on your freshly mowed grass. 

Here are some pointers for establishing your fresh sod:

  • Sod should never be allowed to dry out during this first week of watering. You should water the sod for 5 to 10 minutes a few times each day.
  • For at least two weeks, keep your feet off your new lawn.
  • Water for 30 minutes a day, up to two times daily in the second week.
  • The lawn can be mowed after three weeks but don’t mow more than one-third of the grass blades’ length.
  • Fertilize your new lawn six weeks after it’s been installed.

The failure of a sod installation is frequently due to poor upkeep and incorrect care. Lawn maintenance services should be included after the sod has been installed to ensure that the sod is established and looks excellent for many years.

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