Preparation is key!
Remove debris, large rocks, construction material etc.
Apply 1 1/2-2″ compost (GRADE A) across area to be sodded.
Establish a rough grade 1 to 1 1/2 ” below sidewalks, sprinkler heads etc.
Water the soil. The soil should be moist but firm.
Rake for final grade.
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Laying your Sod
Begin installing along the longest line, such as a driveway or sidewalk
Butt or push edges and ends together, without stretching. Avoid gaps and overlays. Stagger the joints in each row in a brick-like pattern, using a large, sharp knife to trim corners etc.
Avoid leaving small strips at other edges, as they will not retain moisture. To Avoid indentations or air pockets, avoid
walking or kneeling on the turf that has just
been installed or just after watering.
Water! Water! Water!
Soak the grass thoroughly until water is standing in puddles and running down the street. Sod pieces should look like a dripping sponge that can’t hold any more water. Your neighbors will think you broke a water line.
After this initial irrigation, water the grass once a day for the next 2 weeks.
After the grass is established and rooted, give your lawn one deep irrigation per week. This may need to be in increased during extreme heat and drought times or decreased in rainy periods.
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