Installing Turfgrass Sod
What are the basic steps to installing sod?
Prepare the soil as if you were seeding; measure the area to be sodded to calculate the quantity you’ll need to order; lay the first piece along a straight line such as a driveway or sidewalk; install all additional pieces so the seams create a brick-like pattern; apply at least one inch of water on the new sod, beginning within 30 minutes of laying down the first piece; keep the base soil moist with daily (or more frequent) watering for the next two weeks.
Are there any "tricks of the trade" to make the installation better?
Sodding is simple, but it can be made easier by:
- Leveling the soil approximately one-inch below any hard surfaces such as patios, sidewalks and driveways so that when the sod is installed it won’t be higher or lower than the hard surface.
- Asking the delivery driver to place the pallets of sod across the yard, approximating how much each pallet will cover...this will reduce the time and distance you’ll might have to otherwise carry each piece.
- If there’s any slope, begin sodding at the bottom and work your way up the slope to keep the seam and joints tightly together. If the slope is quite steep, run the pieces across the direction of the slope.
- To make sure you are applying enough water, lift a corner of any piece of sod and insert a screwdriver or other sharp probe into the underlying soil. If it’s hard to push in or the soil’s not moist, keep watering. For more information click to "Turf Installation Guide."