Five Sod Installation Tips To Ensure Healthy Establishment

25 March 2020
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Planting a new lawn is much easier if you opt to go with sod instead of seed. Sod provides instant grass. Further, since the grass is already mature, it takes less time and effort for it to establish, so you are rewarded with a full and healthy lawn right from the start.

1. Prepare Before the Sod Arrives

Don't wait until sod delivery to get your yard ready for installation. Sod needs to be laid down nearly as soon as it arrives, otherwise it can dry out and die. Till and amend the planting area the day before the delivery so you can get straight to the work of installation. If you must put off installation, then set the rolls in the shade and keep them slightly moist by sprinkling them with water periodically.

2. Avoid Soggy Soil Issues

Soggy soil can cause sod to rot from the roots up before it has a chance to establish. Water deeply about 24 hours before installation so that the top 6 inches of soil is moist but not soggy. Then, check the soil moisture again right before planting and water lightly only if the soil feels dry.

3. Rent a Lawn Roller

A lawn roller consists of giant rolling drum that is filled with water to weight it down. Once the sod is installed, roll the lawn roller across the lawn. The weight of the roller doesn't damage the sod, but it does ensure that the sod is in full contact with the soil beneath it. This contact increases the chances of the sod successfully rooting because any large voids between sod and soil are removed during the act of rolling.

4. Water It Right

Your new sod needs water to establish well, but too much water can lead to root rot and dead spots. The best time to water your new sod is in the early morning, before the sun rises and causes evaporation. During the first week or two after planting, you should also water briefly in the afternoon. The goal is to supply about 1 inch of water, or enough so the top 6 inches of soil remains moist. A moisture meter inserted into the ground can help you avoid over watering.

5. Be Patient

Finally, be patient. Sod establishes relatively quickly and will likely be fully rooted in a week or two. Avoid heavy traffic on the lawn, such as playing sports, until the sod fully roots. Further, allow the grass to grow a bit before mowing it for the the first time. Mowing too soon can pull up the sod if it hasn't put down roots yet.

Contact a sod Sod Company for more help with your new lawn.