Site Preparation

1. Site Preparation

  • Remove weeds and debris.
  • Establish a rough grade and eliminate low spots.
  • Apply four to six yards of compost per 1,000 sq ft. (not top soil) to bare ground. Compost must be tilled 4-6 inches into the ground. This will create a good topsoil.
  • Level and rake the installation site until it is smooth.
  • Grade areas along sidewalks and driveways approximately 3/4 inches below top of concrete.

  • Make sure sprinkler system is performing properly.
  • Understand the operation of your sprinkler clock for proper watering of the new sod  and established lawn.
  • We can provide a rain gauge at no cost so that you can determine how much water you are applying.

2. Sod Installation

  • Installing sod on dry ground is preferred.
  • Arrange the rolls so there is a minimum amount of traffic on the prepared soil and the newly installed grass.
  • Lay sod in a horizontal brick pattern.
  • Once an area of approximately 20 feet by 25 feet has been laid, water immediately. The objective is to not let the sod dehydrate.
  • Butt ends and sides of the sod strips making sure there is no overlapping.
  • Fit the sod around obstacles or in smaller places by merely cutting the dirt side with a sharp knife or shovel.
SOD Installation

3. Watering

  • This is the most critical time to apply water.
  • May require up to 1/2 inch of water per day for Week 1. Total amount to be applied over 2-3 periods each day.
  • Probe the soil to determine if the moisture has penetrated at least 4 inches.
  • For Week 2, water the about 1/4 of an inch of water every day, again within 2-3 different watering sessions.
  • By Week 3, you want to star a normal watering routine. Watch your lawn. If you have areas that turn gray, give water immediatly by turning on your sprinkler system or by hose.

Check out a quick video on how we harvest our sod: