Do it Yourself
Why Are Most Lawns Sodded?
Easy to Install
Withstands Heavy Usage
Less Work to Maintain
Install irrigation systems at this stage. Water to reveal uneven spots, then grade to correct them.
- Remove any vegetation that is on the site. If using a weed killer, wait the manufacturer’s recommended time, and then work up the area. Make sure to clean up all debris.
- Packed topsoil depth should be 4-6 inches. You will leave a footprint but not sink into the soil.
- Slope soil away from foundations to prevent drainage problems.
- Leave soil down 1-2 inches along curbs and driveways (to prevent scalping when mowing).
- Install irrigation systems at this stage.Water to reveal uneven spots, then grade to correct them.
Ordering Your Turf
Divide yard into basic shapes-squares, rectangles, circles. Measurethe area(s). Phone or email us you need advice.
Tips on Laying Turf
- Sod is a living, breathing plant and needs care immediately. It should be installed the same day of delivery.
- In HOT weather, lay top half of all pallets as you proceed to prevent heating in the middle of the rolls.
- Select your longest straight edge to start laying. Stagger joints in a brick-like fashion.
- Keep edges and ends of strips tight together, but be careful not to overlap or stretch the sod.
- On slopes, place the turf pieces so they run across the slope rather than up and down the slope.
- On steep slopes, you may need pegs to keep the sod from sliding. Keep pegs in place until first mowing.
- Use a utility knife to cut or shape the sod. Sod cuts very easily on the dirt side.
- Install irrigation systems at this stage. Water to reveal uneven spots, then grade to correct them.
- Use soil to cover any exposed edges of turf when done laying to prevent drying out.
- You can roll your lawn after laying and before watering to smooth out slight humps. Watering also helps with this.
Watering Your Turf
- Begin watering at least ½ hour after turf is installed.
- If you are installing a large area, water sections as you complete them.
- Foundations and sidewalks tend to draw moisture out of the sod; these spots may need more water.
- During hot or windy conditions, you may need to water twice a day. If allowed to dry out, the sod pieces will shrink and gaps will be left along the joints.
- Once lawn is established, give it a thorough watering 1-2 times a week. Grass will develop a blue-grey tinge if thirsty.