Turf Installation Guide
Sodding your lawn allows you to enjoy instant beauty and maturity without the usual time consuming hassles of seeding. The following are basic steps to a beautiful lawn.
STEP I - Measuring & Ordering
With a tape, measure the area of your planned lawn. Include these measurements on a sketch of the lawn area, with the length, width and any unusual features. We will be happy to help you determine the amount of turf you will need.
Schedule your order for delivery of sod after preparatory work is completed and you are ready to install. Prompt installation on the day of delivery is crucial to a strong beginning for your lawn.
STEP 2 - Soil Preparation
Eliminate drainage problems by having soil slope away from foundations, etc.
Soil test your lawn area with the assistance of a qualified service such as an extension agent. Then rake in fertilizer, lime, peat, compost, etc. as needed to a depth of 3 to 4 inches.
Rake and smooth the soil, removing rocks, roots, plant life, and large clods. Keep the grade 1 inch below sidewalks or driveway.
STEP 3 - Installation
In hot weather, protect un-laid sod by placing stacks in shade, and sprinkling. Begin installing sod along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk. Butt and push edges and ends against each other tightly, without stretching.
Avoid gaps or overlaps. Stagger the joints in each row in a brick-like fashion, using a large sharp knife to trim corners, etc. Avoid leaving small strips at the outer edge as they will not retain moisture. On slopes, place sod across the slope.
During first three weeks, avoid heavy or concentrated use of your new lawn. This gives the roots an opportunity to firmly knit with soil, and insures that the turf will remain smooth.
Your new sod lawn increases your property value significantly. With proper care, it will remain a great asset, providing beauty, a clean playing surface, and an improved environment.
Mow often, generally removing no more than 1/3 of the grass height at a mowing. Keep your mower blade sharp. You may use your normal fertilizer and chemical program after the first month. Your sod has had pre-emergence and is fertilized monthly.