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New Sod Installation

New Sod Installation

Soil Preparation - The right soil preparation is important to any type of sod and it will require less water to maintain.  We recommend 4 cubic yards of compost per 1000 sq. ft. tilled into the soil 6 to 8 inches deep.  Rake and smooth the soil removing rocks, roots, and large clots.  Keep the grade approximately ¾ to 1 inch below sidewalks and driveways.

Installation - Install the sod immediately upon delivery.  Start along the longest straight edge, such as a driveway or sidewalk butting edges tightly against each other.  Do not stretch, leave gaps, or overlap the sod rolls.  Stagger the joints in each row in a brick like fashion.  Lay sod across slopes.  Use a utility or sharp knife for trimming rolls.  Avoid high use of your lawn the first three weeks to give the roots an opportunity to firmly knit with the soil.  Turf is a living plant that requires ground contact and water to survive.

Maintenance - Watering:  Water newly installed sod immediately.  A good guide for your sprinkler system is 15 minutes per zone 3 times per day to keep the sod moist until it is firmly rooted (2 to 3 weeks).  Gradually cut back the number of times you water per day and increase the length of time for deeper watering.  Eventually cutting back to once every 2 to 3 days.  Weather conditions will determine how much water is needed, hotter weather- more water etc…

Mowing:  Allow the sod to firmly root with the new soil before the first mowing (2-3 weeks).  Make sure mower blades are sharp.  Cut no more than 1/3 of the grass height per mowing.  Mowing height should not be less than 2 inches.

Fertilizer:  During the first year, little or no fertilizer is needed.  The sod is sufficiently fertilized when you receive it.  Fertilize 3 to 4 times per year after the first year.

Aeration:  After the first year, 1 time per year in late March or April.