Updated: Feb 23
Installing your new sod in the correct manor is the key to success.
Installing new sod is a great way to quickly establish a healthy lawn. Here is a step-by-step guide for installing new sod:
Prepare the soil: Remove any rocks, debris, or old grass from the area where you will be installing the new sod. Till the soil to a depth of 4-6 inches to loosen the soil and improve drainage.
Amend the soil: Add organic matter, such as compost or peat moss, to the soil to improve soil structure and fertility. Spread a 2-3 inch layer of organic matter over the soil and till it in to a depth of 4-6 inches.
Grade the soil: Use a rake to grade the soil so that it is level and has a slight slope away from any buildings or structures.
Install the sod: Lay the first row of sod along a straight edge, such as a sidewalk or driveway. Butt the edges of the sod tightly together, but do not overlap them. Stagger the seams in each row, like a brick pattern, to prevent the seams from lining up.
Cut the sod: Use a utility knife to cut the sod to fit around curves, trees, or other obstacles.
Water the sod: Water the sod immediately after installation, making sure to soak it thoroughly. Keep the sod moist for the first two weeks after installation, watering it daily or as needed to prevent it from drying out.
Mow the sod: After the sod has rooted and started to grow, mow it to a height of 2-3 inches. Avoid cutting more than one-third of the blade length at a time.
Fertilize the sod: Apply a starter fertilizer to the new sod 4-6 weeks after installation to help it establish.
By following these steps, you can install new sod and establish a healthy lawn. It's important to properly maintain the new sod, including regular watering, mowing, and fertilization, to help it thrive.