Laying the Sod Grass for New Lawns

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Once your soil is prepared, you can get to the phase of installing the sod. To obtain the best results, lay the sod in spring or fall when the possibility of rainfall is higher, which helps your lawn to establish.

You can patch the bare spots in already installed lawns at any time of the year, as long as the land is not frozen. Should the weather be hot and dry, take care to moisten the soil slightly before laying the sod.

While you are laying the sod, be careful to store the sod in the shade, keeping it rolled and moist. Don’t bring it all to the site, but carry one or two rolls at a time.

It is recommended to lay the sod along a straight line such as a sidewalk, driveway or even the side of a strait flowerbed along your house. If you are laying it on a slope, start at the bottom of the slope and go upwards perpendicularly to the slope.

Make sure that all edges are put firmly together and the corners are flush. Don’t overlap edges, as it will lead to uneven turf and rooting will become difficult. Don’t try to stretch some parts of the sod to fit better. Use a carpet knife or a sod knife to cut the sod pieces so as to fit around curves, sprinklers, plants and other lawn obstacles. Avoid splicing curved and angled areas with small pieces and strips, as the sod will root better if the piece is bigger.

After laying sod, go over it with lawn roller, specially designed to help it take better root by forcing the roots in the sod to make contact with the soil. After rolling, irrigate until the soil is wet 4 in (102 mm) below the sod and keep sodded areas moist to the same depth until the grass takes root.

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