How to Sod - Sodding.com
Simple information on sodding your lawn.
|Putting into place a beautiful sodded
lawn is a neat thing. As each piece of your lawn is placed it is much like
completing a giant puzzle.
And you will be amazed at the
satisfaction you will feel when you survey your newly sodded lawn, it is worth all the
hard work and cost involved.
- 5 steps to sod your lawn.
You should have already determine the amount of sod
you will need for your lawn and placed the order. You also should have already
performed all the different tasks involved in getting
your new lawn site ready for sod.
Step (1) Your lawn area should be already tilled. The
final finish level should have been made and the level of the grade should be
approximately 1 inch below sidewalks, sprinkler heads, etc. (Below the level desired for
the final grass lawn.) Also the soil should be moist... This is best accomplished by
watering a day or two before installation - Be careful not to water all night and create a soggy mess in which
you cannot lay the sod without making tracks in the mushy soil. You want a firm
Step (2) Before starting to lay your sod... Take a
rake (or drag for larger areas) and rake the top top soil with a final leveling action.
This does two things; First it levels out any small unevenness missed by your final
grade in the preparations steps. Second it creates loose soil particles that your
new sods roots and more firmly compress into when you lay your sod. If the area is
dry... give a final soaking to the soil before you start to lay your sod in step 3.
Step (3) Now it is time to start actually laying
your sod on your newly prepared lawn area. Generally it is best to
start laying sod along a straight line such as a sidewalk, driveway or even the side of a
strait flowerbed along your house. As you lay out each piece in a row, firmly push
the end together so the spaces between the pieces of sod are minimized. You can lay
two or three rows at a time (with rectangular sod), but keep each row staggered so that
the joints are at different locations than the adjoining row. If you are using rolls, tightly
place the new joint against the already in place piece and then roll out. Buy
a cheap carpet knife to use to cut your odd shaped sod pieces. That way the sod can
be made to fit around curves, sprinklers, plants and other lawn obstacles. Try to
avoid walking on the newly laid sod until after you have rolled your sodded area with a
Step (4) After you have completed laying your sod lawn,
you should roll your sod with a lawn roller. You can rent these hand pulled
tools from your local rental store. The action of the roller is especially important with
sodded lawns... much more than with seeded areas. The roller causes the roots of the
sod to make firm contact with the new soil under the sod. This allows for faster
"knitting" of your sods roots into its new soil home.
Step (5) Water the lawn area you have planted
as on a regular basis - usually daily for
newly sodded lawns unless rain is occurring. After the first week, start stretching
out the time between watering so that the roots will grow downward toward the soil
moisture. When you do water, water deeply. Apply fertilizer in intervals through the growing
season, and practice a regular mowing schedule. Mow your new sod lawn for the
first time about 3-4 weeks after planting then at regular times and at the correct height.
- Special Note: During hot periods sodded lawns may require more frequent watering than
once a day.
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- Little things to do
|About a week after planting your newly
sodded lawn, you will have some basically "one time" maintenance to do.
See those cracks between the sod pieces? No matter how good a job you do laying sod,
there are bound to be some areas that did not get tightly fit against the next
piece. If you will take a wheelbarrow of dirt and lightly fill in these cracks, you
will end up with a smoother lawn and over time those noticeable cracks will be gone.
If you did everything right in planting
your new sod lawn; soil test, fertilizers, proper grade, the correct lawn sod variety for
your area, and rolled your sod... Then you are on the right track to a beautiful lawn.
||After about 30-45 days your sod should be
established enough for you to start tromping your power mower over the tops of your lawn
to give it that manicured look and also to help control weeds (if any).
sure that you set your mower the proper height
for the particular lawn species you are planting.
Keep up the frequent watering until
about 20-30 days after planting... By then your sod you be established with its root
system enough to start stretching out the time between watering without harm. This
is actually good as it makes the plants send their roots down deeper into the soil,
instead of just the top few inches. This results in the plant being able to
withstand more extremes in rainfall. The best watering schedule is to water deeply,
1-2 times a week during normal months.
Its now time to consider a second application
of fertilizer to your lawn, depending on the
particular lawn grass planted. And...... yes... you can now think about taking that
vacation. Just be sure you have someone lined up to mow your lawn while you're gone, make
sure the irrigation system works properly, and keep the areas kids off of the grass until
your sod is fully established and you no longer can pick up a piece of it with your