Sod - Information


Sodding your lawn allows you to enjoy instant beauty and maturity without the usual time consuming hassles of seeding.  Your new sod increases your property value significantly.  With proper care, it will remain a great asset, providing beauty, a clean playing surface, and an improved environment.

Area Preparation
You must have topsoil on your area to be sodded, prior to sod installation.  
Spread topsoil to a depth of 4-5 inches, preferably.


If you have old grass growing in the area you want to sod, you must first remove this old grass or the new sod will not grow over the old grass.
Prepare underlying soil, rake and remove rocks, debris, et.  Slope soil away from the foundation of your building(s).

Apply lime at a rate of 100lbs per 1,000 sq. ft. of lawn and rake in.
Apply fertilizer at a rate of 30-40lbs per 1,000 sq. ft. of lawn and rake in.  Fertilizer recommended 6-12-12 (2% FTE).
Lightly roll soil to provide a smooth surface for sod installation.   

Sod Installation
Install your sod immediately upon delivery.  Water immediately following installation.
Stagger the joints in each row in a brick like fashion.  On slopes, place sod across the slopes and use pegs to hold sod in place.  Butt and push edges and ends against each other tightly, without stretching.  Avoid gaps or overlaps.  Avoid leaving small strips at the outer edge, as they will not retain moisture.
In hot weather, protect unlaid sod y placing stacks in shade, covering with moist burlap and/or sprinkling.

Give your new lawn 1 inch of water within ½ hour of installation, even if you are expecting rain.  Water daily for the first two weeks, then less frequent and deeper watering should begin.
Weather conditions will dictate the amount and frequency of watering, but you should water even if you are expecting rain.  Be certain that your new lawn has enough moisture to survive hot, dry, or windy periods.  Water areas near buildings more often where reflected heat dries the turf. 

Sod Maintenance
During the first three weeks, avoid heavy or concentrated use of your new lawn.  This gives the roots an opportunity to firmly knit with the soil, and insures that the turf will remain smooth.
Sod is a living plant that requires ground contact and moisture to survive.  If you do not follow these steps, even the best, most durable sod will not continue to thrive and survive.  It is important not to cut any of these steps as the end result will be worth it.

Fall Treatment:
25kg Lime per 1,000 sq. ft.; 
10kg Fertilizer per 1,000 sq. ft. Suggested 5-15-15, 2% FTE

Spring Treatment:
10kg per 1,000 sq. ft. Suggested 15-15-15, 2% FTE

Summer Treatment:
Summer application, while maybe not essential, is desirable.  Suggested in early July 10kg per 1,000 sq. ft. (suggested 15-15-15, 2% FTE.

Check with us for any further recommendations for you specific areas.