Calculate the Area for Sod
- Measure the area where you want to lay sod by obtaining the length and width of the area in feet
- Multiply the length and width of the area and you’ll have the square footage amount.
- Our Sod is available in rolls of 10 SQ/FT (5’ x 2’)
- Remove Debris from the Surface
- Remove all rocks, sticks, and other debris from the surface of the soil. (If you still have pre-existing grass or other growth using a flat-head shovel can help! Starting on an edge of the area cut a deep straight line, after each cut use the shovel to pry up the pre-existing growth. Repeat this process by continuing to cut lines parallel to this first one roughly one foot apart.)
- Rototill the soil to an average depth of six to eight inches. Rototilling will help push nutrient-rich soil from below to the surface, helps aerate the soil, and break up large deposits in the soil.
- If desired, or determined to be needed from soil samples, add lime, fertilizer, or other organic material and till into the soil. Read the labels of each product for recommended amounts based on square footage!
- Rake the Surface
- Remove any new debris brought to the surface and create a smooth surface.
- Level the area to fill in any low spots, leave the soil one inch below walkways and driveways to ensure the sod will be above those surfaces.
- Remember – how you level the soil is important to how your lawn will sit. Without proper leveling of the soil, you’ll be able to feel the low spots when you mow which will leave an uneven leaf height as well.
- Laying Sod
- Begin this process by laying the sod in a straight line on the edge of the area, ensure that when you make your next line the seams are staggered so that your laying pattern resembles a brick pattern.
- To cut or trim the rolls of sod use a straight edged blade such as a shovel or utility knife and cut from the bottom side where there is dirt. Pieces that are left over from the cutting and trimming portion are great for filling gaps and patching up areas!
- If you’re installing on the side of a sloped area run the strips along the side as opposed to up and down the sloped area. Using pins or stakes on each roll to ensure they are in place will help prevent them from moving during heavy rain conditions.
- The Next Steps
- Watering!! Click here to learn more!!
- Avoid all foot and pet traffic after installation for the first two weeks. After this two-week period a majority of the roots will have become bonded to the soil below and three weeks after installation any seams will start to disappear.