Many things have to be considered before you start laying down your fresh sod. You will want to know where all of the utility lines are buried, as well as what soil conditions are in the area you are going to place the new yard materials. The process is the same as preparation for planting seeds. Here are a few pointers and how the professionals proceed with this project.
You will want to know how much moisture is contained in the area, and how many shaded areas you will be covering. Your local sod supplier should be able to assist you with this information.
Step 1: You may be able to use mattocks and shovels if your lawn is small. If it is larger, you will want to rent or borrow a sod-cutter. You will want a level surface to create a good soil bed. If you have old turf, remove all of the chunks and haul it away. Any leftover turf may lead to a fungus growth.
Step 2: Use rakes to level the soil and add a dairy-based or cattle compost to achieve sufficient nutrients for the fresh sod. A rototiller can be used to mix the compost and soil for a healthy combination. Remove all debris, rocks, and clods of dirt so when the sod is added, it will be level with the landscape edging, sidewalks, or driveways.
Step 3: The soil is ready to lay the sod. Start with the borders and remove any tracks to create a completely smooth surface. The edges must be tightly tucked.
Step 4: The longest dimension of the lawn is the direction the sod should be unrolled. This will minimize moisture loss and erosion. This will also make the installation go quickly.
Step 5: Use a linoleum knife to cut the second roll on the dirt side to provide a straight cut. You should form a brick pattern with the end of the seams. Be sure to place tightly all of the seams, practically folding them into the previous unit. Use your hand to ensure the sod is in place.
Step 6: Within thirty minutes of installation, you will want to water the turf grass sod. Plan on applying at least one inch of water until the soil beneath the turf is soaked (approximately three to four inches).
You will be very proud of your work in a short time. Your neighbors will be so thrilled and want to install some new sod to keep up with your beautiful yard. Contact a business, such as Johnston's Greenhouse, for more information.