Things You Need to Know About Sod


Prepare the site properly. This will insure the best results when the sod is laid. Remove weeds and debris, rough grade low spots, rototill a minimum of 3 cubic yards of organics per 1,000 square feet at least 4 inches deep. Level and rake the installation site until it is smooth. Grade sidewalk and driveway areas approximately one and one half inch below the top of the concrete.


Immediately Following Sodding

Water your new sod three times daily for the first two weeks. The sod should be kept damp, about 1/2 inch per day for the first 2-3 days. Keep trarffic across the new sod to a minimum. Heavy traffic will separate and disturb the underlying grade. After three weeks, adjust the water times and sprinkler clocks to conform to the water restriction program in your area.

Water Your New Turf

Make certain that all areas of your new lawn are getting water. Corners and edges are sometimes missed by the sprinkler system. Look for areas that might slope causing water to run off. Water with a hose-end sprinkler if necessary. Early morning watering is best to take advantage of the grass’s normal growing cycle.

How Much Water

One inch per week is standard for most lawns but will vary with temperatures and sod variety.

First Mowing

Wait until your grass reaches a height of 3.5 inches to 4 inches before the first mowing. Adjust the height to approximately 3 inches and be sure the blades are sharp. Do not water the day before mowing. Do not remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade per mowing.

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