How to Prepare Soil for Sod Installation (Soil Prep)
Sod and Soil Preparation
Preparing the soil is a vital step in laying new sod. Korby Sod recommends the following tips to prepare your soil for new sod:
3. After an initial tilling, remove rocks, roots, clods, and vegetation.
4. This is a good time to perform a soil test. The best way to provide the perfect growing environment for turf is to test your soil. Most turf grasses thrive in well-aerated soil with a pH slightly toward the acidic side (between 6 and 7.5). Soils Test kits are available through Korby Sod, your local home improvement store or garden nursery.
5. Next, a good quality dairy compost should be mixed with the top layer of existing soil. Rototill 3 cubic yards of compost per 1,000 square feet of yard area. Compost should be aged and sanitized to prevent root burning and weeds.
6. Once again, remove rocks, roots, clods, and vegetation. Rake and smooth the area to grade. Make sure your grading has the soil sloping away from foundations and buildings, thus avoiding drainage problems.
7. Once again, remove rocks, roots, clods, and vegetation. Rake and smooth the area to grade. Make sure your grading has the soil sloping away from foundations and buildings,
thus avoiding drainage problems.
8. It i s not necessary to add fertilizer to the soil. The compost will provide nutrients for the growing roots.
Your area is now prepped and ready for your new sod! CLICK HERE – DIY – HOW TO INSTALL SOD ROLLS.
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