Cultivated turf allows you to enjoy a lawn of instant beauty and maturity without the usual time-consuming hassles of seeding. When purchasing turfgrass to install sod, consult a BuySod producer in your area, to be assured that you are getting the finest quality turf available.
The following are the basic steps to a beautiful lawn. Be sure to follow these instructions to install sod in your lawn.
Steps to install sod
STEP 1 : MEASURING & ORDERING
Measure the area of your planned lawn. Include these measurements on a sketch of the lawn area, with the length, width, and any unusual features.
STEP 2: BASIC SOIL PREPARATION
Roto-till or spade the area to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. Eliminate drainage problems by having soil slope away from foundations, etc.
FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO INSTALL SOD:
- Rake and smooth the soil, removing rocks, roots, and large clods.
- Till the area to a depth of at least 4 to 6 inches.
- Add topsoil to achieve a total topsoil depth of 4 to 6 inches to comfortably install sod.
- Soil test your lawn area with the assistance of qualified service in your area.
- Rake in fertilizer, lime, peat, compost, etc., as needed to a depth of 3 to 4 inches.
- Roll the area lightly with a lawn roller 1/3 full of water. This will firm the soil surface and reveal low areas that need more soil. Keep the grade 1 inch below sidewalks or driveway.
- Finish grade the entire site with a tractor-mounted box blade on large areas or heavy-duty rake on smaller sites.
- Water the prepared area to settle soil and provide a moist base for turf. Moistening to a depth of 6 inches is recommended for most soils.
STEP 3: BASIC TURF INSTALLATION
Install your lawn immediately upon delivery. Begin watering lawn within 30 minutes of installation. Turf is a living plant that requires ground contact and moisture to survive!
FOR SUCCESSFUL INSTALLATION:
- In hot weather, protect unlaid turf by placing stacks in shade, covering with moist burlap sacking, and/or sprinkling.
- Begin installing turf along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk. Butt and push edges and ends against each other tightly, without stretching.
- Avoid gaps or overlaps.
- Stagger the joints in each row in a brick-like fashion, using a large sharp knife to trim corners, etc.
- Avoid leaving small strips at outer edges as they will not retain moisture. On slopes, place the turf pieces across the slope.
- To avoid causing indentations or air pockets avoid repeated walking or kneeling on the turf while it is being installed or just after watering.
- After installing the turf, roll the entire area to improve turf/soil contact and remove air pockets.
STEP 4: WATERING
Give your new lawn at least 1 inch of water within 1/2 hour of installation. Water daily, or more often, keeping turf moist until it is firmly rooted (about 2 weeks); then less frequent and deeper watering should begin.
Weather conditions will dictate the amount and frequency of watering. Be certain that your new lawn has enough moisture to survive hot, dry, or windy periods. Water areas near buildings more often where reflected heat dries the turf.