Preparing the soil is a critical for a healthy sod lawn to establish. Follow these simple guidelines and watch your new lawn grow:
Begin by removing any existing turf, weeds, rocks or debris. We recommend adding a layer of topsoil and soil amendments to help add nutrients to the soil.
Next, till the new soil approximately 4-6” deep. Debris may arise at this step; make sure to clear the site of all large aggregates. This is also the best time to install an automatic irrigation system if needed. We recommend having sprinklers tied to a timer to ensure proper watering. Also, at this step, flag or mark any sprinkler heads or obstructions.
The next step is site preparation and grading.
Establishing a clear, final grade is important to ensure proper watering. After final grade is established, water site heavily to help compact the soil. It may also be helpful at this time to use a Sod Roller to help compact soil and remove all air pockets. This will help to eliminate settling or uneven areas after sods installed. Your final grade should be approximately ½” – 1” below sidewalks and sprinkler heads. When the sod arrives on site make, sure the installation occurs the same day.
The installation process begins by laying a roll of sod, lengthwise, along a straight edge such as a sidewalk or driveway. The joints of the sod should be butted tight together, but not overlapping. Also, make sure to stagger the pieces between rows to achieve better results. You will need a sharp sod knife to make cuts around sprinklers and other obstructions. The sod will be going into shock so be sure to keep the pieces moist throughout the installation.
Once all of the sod has been installed, begin to lightly water the sod but be sure not to soak it, about 25%. Use a Sod Roller to ensure contact with the soil below. Then water deeply to wet the top 2” of soil.
The newly laid sod should remain constantly wet for the first 7-10 days. However, ensure water is not pooling as this can lead to disease. The average watering time should be 5-10 mins and 3-4 times per day. This is subject to change depending on the time of year project is installed. If water pools, cut down the run time but add to the watering frequency. After sod establishes (2-3 weeks) resume normal watering schedule according to time of year.
Remember, when maintaining your new sod lawn be sure not to mow any sooner than 2 weeks after installation. Make sure to mow frequently enough to insure only 1/3 of the blade height is removed each mow. Also, never mow turf wet and be sure to have sharp blades on the mower.
Fertilization is extremely important and should be applied to the new lawn every 30 days to ensure health. Use fertilizer with high nitrogen, medium phosphate, and medium potassium such as 16-8-4, 21-17-14, or 26-4-2. Make sure to adjust watering schedule to accommodate fertilizer. Do not fertilize in summer.