Lawn Care Tips: How To Lay Sod

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If you’re laying a brand new lawn, or repairing damage on a section of lawn that is impossible to regrow, laying sod is the easiest and fastest way to get your yard looking perfect again.

Sod is readily available, comes with different varieties of grass, and is easy to install and maintain. To get started with your own lawn, just follow our simple tips.

Choosing Your Sod

Sod comes in rolls or pre-cut tiles. Either is fine for, although more people find tiles easier to work with because of their smaller size.

Preparation

You’ll need to set up a good foundation for your new sod where the roots will have plenty of earth to attach to.

Start off by tilling the area, and level off any areas at the same time if you’re worried about having a completely flat lawn. If you have a sloped gradient, try and keep it, especially if it’s directing water away from your home.

You can use hand tilling methods, or hire a gas powered tilling machine. Once the soil is broken up and the ground is raked to the level you want, generously add some slow release fertilizer evenly over the surface. You can then finish off the preparation by rolling the soil without compacting it too much, or simply pat it down with the flat side of a spade.

Laying the Sod

Find the squarest edge of the lawn and begin laying your sod. Start off on a right angled corner and work your way out in long rows. The trick here whether you are using tiles or rolls, is to ensure that the seams are always tight, and that you stagger your layout in a brickwork pattern. This will prevent continuous seams running across the completed lawn. Continue to lay the sod making sure not to overlap the seams, and once the area is completely covered you can go over the edges.

Cut the edges using a gardening knife, or a sharp instrument like a hand shovel. When you’re cutting the edges make sure that the edge will be tight against a wall or edge of the lawn, so be weary of over cutting. Sod can be bunched up easily so it’s better to cut less than you need to, rather than cutting off too much.

Final Steps

Once the sod is down, go over all of the edges and seams. You can do this by pressing the edges down firmly with your boot. This will ensure that all of the seams are tight and compacted.

Watering

The final part of laying sod is to make sure that the new lawn gets plenty of water. This will keep the roots from drying out and give them a chance to settle in to the soil underneath the sod layer. Depending on your climate, you’ll need to water the grass 2 – 3 times a day for at least the first two weeks. Make sure you’re not flooding the lawn, but watch out for changes in grass color which will let you know that you’re not watering enough.

Laying sod is simple, and after your first attempt you’ll be comfortable any other time that you need to do it. Stick to our tips and you’ll have a healthy looking lawn in just a couple of weeks, which will continue to flourish as long as it gets the regular care and attention that it needs.