1. Rototill or spade to a depth of 6 inches.
2. Remove sticks, stones, roots and other debris.
3. Use organic compost, and mix the
soil. The additives are a must.
1. Smooth the soil
2. Grade surface to 1 inch below driveways, sidewalks, sprinklers,
3. Firm soil by rolling.
4. Fill in the low spots and roll again.
5. Pre-irrigate lawn surface area the night before installation.
1. Broadcast surface area to be sodded with one pound 6-20-20
fertilizer per 100 square feet of area.
1. Install your lawn
immediately upon delivery.
2. Start laying sod along a straight line, such as a sidewalk or
driveway. Do not lay sod on bone dry soil.
3. Make sure all joints are butted together, do not overlap or
leave spaces between the rolls of sod.
4. On the second line stagger the joints as in laying bricks,
continue to stagger the joints with each new line.
5. Use a sharp knife to cut sod around trees, along sidewalks,
around sprinklers, etc.
6. Keep sod lightly
watered behind you as you lay it. Do not let the sod dry out!!!
1. Roll the lawn
with a light roller to smooth out small bumps and to remove air pockets;
this will assure good contact with the soil. Do not use a heavy
roller as this will leave marks on the lawn.
installation water the entire lawn thoroughly to a depth of 8-10
2. By irrigation system (hand watering will not be adequate),
water the lawn 3 times per day for 15 minutes. Ideally, watering
should be at 7:00 am, 11:00 am, and 3 pm. Do not water at
3. Water should not be allowed to pool and sit on new soil.
In this case, reduce watering times.
4. Follow this procedure for the first 10 days.
Note: Virtually all problems with new sod are water related.
Do not apply fungicides or fertilizers to new lawns.
1. The idea is to
reduce the frequency and increase the depth of your waterings, thus
forcing the roots deeper. Sandy soils will require more water than
those with high clay content. If you have prepared properly,
using organic matter and a Gypsum additive, warm inland regions and
summer weather waterings should be every other day for 30 minutes.
Winter and cool weather waterings should be twice weekly for 20-30
minutes. Never water at night, any time of the year.
1. Using a grass catcher (rakes will pull up sod
netting), mow your new lawn 10-12 days after installation. Never
take off more than 1/3 of the blade length, as burning will occur.
2. After established, mow as needed. If the lawn gets out of
hand, give it several mowings, 5 days apart until you have it to the
desired height. Even established lawns will scorch, if allowed to
get too long, and then scalped. Remove mowing debris.
1. Simple: Once in April, once in September. We
recommend 16-16-16 fertilizer. Overfertilizing results in weak top
growth and increased mowing. Fertilizers with high nitrogen only
(21-0-0 e.g.), do not properly nourish roots. Apply fertilizer to
a dry lawn, then water thoroughly. After the lawn is a year old,
you may want to use an iron supplement with your spring feeding.