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Laying sod yourself is a time consuming task that takes a lot of work. However, it will be well worth it when you see your beautiful new lawn. Read below for a detailed description of how to install sod.
Remove existing lawn, if any
Rototill to a depth of 4-6 inches
Remove all weeds, clods, and debris
Add soil amendments (compost / soil mix)
Rototill new soil into existing soil
Rake and level
Roll area with filled water roller to compact surface
Your ground should be dry when installing sod
Start at the longest straight baseline, then work from there
The ends should touch, but should not overlap
Make sure that seams are staggered, like brickwork
When you have about 200 square foot installed, lightly water to avoid discoloration
After sod is installed, go over it with a roller to insure contact with the ground surface
Make sure roller isn’t overfilled with water, to avoid imprints in sod
Water is the most important ingredient in the success of your new lawn. For the first 2 weeks after installation, your lawn will need to be watered approximately twice a day for 30 minutes. If the weather is extremely hot, more watering may be necessary. The lawn will need to be kept consistently moist during this period.
Try to stay off your new lawn as much as possible during the first 2 weeks as it takes root. Don’t fertilize for the first 6 weeks, and don’t mow it for 2 weeks. When you do mow the grass for the first time, be sure to have your mower on its highest possible setting.