You’ve decided to apply new turf to your lawn, but you might be unsure how to lay sod. No worries. Laying sod is easy and, with these simple steps, you will have a beautiful lawn in no time.
1. Prepare Your Soil
The first step is soil preparation to encourage a fast, deep rooting process. Once the soil is properly prepared, it not only provides the sod with the required nutrients but also promotes growth. Add quality topsoil to existing soil and, using a spade or pitchfork, turn the soil loosely to a depth of four to six inches.
2. Remove Unwanted Materials
Before laying sod, clear the area of unwanted materials, such as weeds, tree branches, and stones. Use a rake to make the cleaning process easier and faster. The rake will expose any hidden material in the soil. Put all debris you find in a separate area and dispose of it once you’re done with the entire process.
3. Compact the Ground
After removing the debris, the next step is to lightly compact the soil by firmly walking over the entire area. Repeat this process over and over again but at a perpendicular angle to make the grounds more compact.
4. Till the Soil
The garden rake comes in handy at this point. Drag the rake gently across the soil. By doing this, the soil will produce a fine till. Conduct a thorough inspection of the area immediately after tilling to ensure the surface is completely level.
5. Wet the Area
The prepared area should be heavily watered at least 36 hours before installing sod. If there is a heavy downpour a few days before installation, then there’s no need to water the prepared surface manually. The primary reason for this is to provide sufficient moisture so the installed sod can root quickly.
If you have not done so already, it’s time to fertilize. Fertilizing the soil before laying sod will provide the soil with the essential nutrients to feed the roots. It will also improve the soil’s PH, resulting in a fresher, greener and healthier lawn all year round.
7. Install the Sod
Now comes the moment you’ve been waiting for. Once you’re done levelling, preparing and fertilizing the surface area, it’s time to install your brand-new lawn. It is recommended that you start with the longest edge of the prepared area. During installation, do not allow sod to overlap.
8. Tamper the Edges
With the rake held in a vertical position, firmly push down on all joining edges of sod. Avoid using a roller for this part of the process. If there are little gaps in between, simply fill them with topsoil.
9. Water Thoroughly
After laying the sod, the next step is to water your new lawn. This process should be done daily for the first 10 days. This should take at least one hour of your time daily. Failure to water your new lawn might render all your efforts useless. A newly installed lawn needs lots of water to flourish and allow for firm rooting.
If you are laying the new sod during the hot summer months, then you have to water the new lawn at least twice a day, preferably in the early hours of the day or in the cooler part of the evening. This will help the lawn withstand the hot temperature. Refrain from watering sod during the hottest part of the day to prevent your grass from burning due to the effect of the heavy sun rays.
Now it’s time to admire your hard work. If you find a DIY approach a bit difficult, consider hiring lawncare professionals who specialize in sod installation and maintenance service.