About Installing Landscape Sod/Turf



LANDSCAPE SOD

Introduction to Landscape Sod

Landscape sod is an instant gratification of lawn to a residential backyard. Sod Grass gives exciting results by my making lawn immediately appear without the usual time-consuming hassles of seeding. Laying Sod is not a difficult process however there are certain steps to follow in order to reduce die-off and triumphant installation.        

Landscape Sod

A perfect time to patch up, sod or reseed your lawn is early autumn. The reason being is that the roots of the sod need to establish, and hot weather prevents just that. Early autumn provides the ideal weather needed for the roots to establish themselves.

The main advantage of adding sod is the instant creation of a lawn. Hence, in order to ensure that they are achieved; one must make sure to keep the sod moist for the first week after it is laid. Anytime after that, it can be watered as needed.

One of the key basic preparatory steps to ensure a successful outcome is the installation of an irrigation system before you lay a new sod or seed a new lawn. Landscape designers have often stressed the need for an irrigation system in order to ensure moisture considering the fact that sod cannot be placed on dry ground.

STEPS TO INSTALLING A SOD LAWN:

Basic Needs- Sod, Roller, Starter Fertilizer, Sharp Knife, Soil conditioner, Tiller (Rototiller).

Step 1: Measuring and Ordering

Sketch Your Area

Draw a sketch of your lawn area including the width, length and any unusual features. This will enable your supplier to calculate the amount of sod needed to cover the area at hand.

Make sure that the delivery of the turf occurs once the preparatory stage is finalized and you are ready to install. Rapid installation on the day of delivery is imperative to a strong beginning for your lawn.

Step 2: Preparation

Spray out existing weeds and grasses over a period of 10-14 days for a sure result. Be sure to remove existing sod after it dies. The next step is to rototill or spade a depth of 4-6 inches and incorporate 3-4 inches of organic mixture into the soil. This will help speed up the growth of the roots underneath.
Sod Placement

Rake in fertilizer and any other additives supposed by your local dealer, then rake out the area for the purpose of smoothening the soil and removing rocks and roots.

Now roll the area with ease using a lawn roller. This is important to ensure a smooth surface as well as identify areas that are in need of more soil.

Step 3: Installation of Turf

Laying The Turf Turf is a living plant and thus requires the necessities of ground contact in order to stay alive. This is why installation upon delivery is such a vital element to the installation process. Within 30 minutes of installation, beginning watering the lawn. Be sure not to leave the sod unplanted for too long.

To make the installation easier, install straight lines along the boundary so that the entire lawn in need of sod is marked out thoroughly. Then, lay the sod row by row, using a sharp knife to trim any corners.

In order to increase the moisture absorbency on slopes, place turf piece across ways rather than up and down.

Step 4: Watering

Remember that the life dependency of your sod is based on how moist it stays. Keep the Sod moist for the first 2 weeks until it is firmly knitted together and the roots have established themselves into the soil. From then onwards, it will be up to you to maintain moisture for the sod by examining the weather conditions at hand. Sunny, hot, and windy day’s means that you may need to water the lawn more than one time each day. 

Watering The Turf

Remember: Keep the Lawn free of any traffic and use for the first 2 or 3 weeks.