Installing Your New Sod
How To Install Your New Sod
Sod Installation Guide
the following is a guide for installing your new sod we will guide you from getting the grass delivered to the turf planted. We also recommend using the yard preparation guide when you’re ready to install to maintain your lawn to keep it healthy and long term with also keeping your lawn environmentally friendly.
when the driver arrives please let them know where to place the pallets the minimum requirement is a 10-foot opening to allow for the forklift to enter the yard each pallet is a 4’x4′ with 520 square feet of sod. We do recommend that you have the driver put the pallets outside the area to be installed with sod so the pallet does not interfere with the sod installation.
How to Install the sod
- Green Side Up
- Before placing each row of sod we commend raking out all low spots, footprints, and forklift marks.
- Start each sod row by laying the sod end to end along a straight line the farthest way from the entrance of your yard. Return to the starting point and begin your 2nd row with a Half Piece of sod. Lay several pieces in teh second row and then begin your 3rd row with a full piece of sod and then lay a few extra full pieces of sod, then the 4th row uses a half piece of sod to start and so on. This will allow a “stair step” pattern in the yard and all the sod will not line up exactly.
- If you begin each row this way you can have one person lay a piece on row 2 and then lay a piece on row 3 then on row 4, etc. This allows one person to stay on their knees while the other carries the rolls from the pallet dropping the “tail” of the roll close to the end of the piece already in place. (using this approach will minimize excessive bending and kneeling with the sod installation)
- You will want to make sure all pieces are tight against the previous piece, avoiding gaps and overlaps.
- Install sod by sprinkler zones. As soon as a zone is completed. Turn the water on that zone. This will help make sure that all zones are working correctly and no sprinklers get missed as well as providing coverage for all sod in the area.
- One person can be trimming the sod (it is recommended to use a sharp knife for this). When laying sod against cement edges, lay sod over the top of these edges and use the cement edge to cut against, leaving a perfect match of sod to cement.
- Avoid leaving small pieces or strips on the outer edges. (Small pieces shrink and dry out).
- On slopes place the sod pieces across the slope. Start at the bottom and work your way up.
Water – # 1 Importance
- Sod must be watered within ½ hour of installation.A light spray is not sufficient. At least 1 inch of water should be applied ASAP-measure it to ensure the sod will not go into shock, if it does not receive adequate water soon enough, it will turn yellow first before it greens up.
- A simple method to measure the amount of water being applied would be to place straight-sided cans, cups or pans around the yard. After watering, measure the amount of accumulated water in the can, with a ruler, if it is at least 1 inch you can stop, if not, continue.
- Water your new sod ½ inch per day for the 1st week in hot weather, ¼ inch in cool weather.
- After the 1st week, monitor the frequency of irrigation by lifting a corner of a couple of sod pieces, if it is wet, wait to irrigate. If it is slightly moist, apply at least ½ inch of water in hot weather, ¼ inch in cool weather.
- Rain can be counted in the amount of water applied, but it must be measured. People often think that rain is sufficient. We seldom receive enough rain, to keep from using the sprinklers.
- After 3 weeks of watering, cut back on the frequency of water application. Continue to put a minimum of ¼- ½ inch each time you water, but not as often.
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