Care Guidelines and Tips for Sod Installation

Dracut Landscaping crew laying down Sod for a new lawn.

We all take pride in our home’s curb appeal, having a lovely green lawn is the first thing people notice with passing your home. Is it time to install a new lawn? There are many choices to consider when planning a new lawn installation and the time for your lawn to be fully green is one of them. If you are looking for a lush and beautiful new lawn and do not want to wait for a seeded lawn to grow, installing sod is the best choice. Installing new sod is a delicate process that requires special care. If you want a successful sod installation, you should know a few things from professional landscapers. These care and installation guidelines will ensure that your newly installed sod is maintained flawlessly for a healthy, long-lasting healthy lawn.

Measuring and Ordering

A simple calculation of the total square footage will do for measuring the amount of sod required. If there are irregular shapes, it is best to order 5% more to accommodate the different angles or shapes. Ordering should be done for same-day delivery, as the rolls of sod should not be left rolled for more than one day.

Prepare the Soil

Before we can lay down sod, your old lawn needs to be stripped. The sod must be installed into moist, well-drained soil free of rocks and debris. Sod should be placed at least 3-6 inches deeper than the original soil level. Depending on the soil condition, new loam can be brought in. Test the soil for pH level and make any necessary adjustments before installing the sod. You can bring a soil sample to your local Garden Center to be measured and get assistance in adjusting your soil’s alkaline levels. Sod should be placed in the sun for a few hours after delivery to help it absorb water. Prepare the soil for the dry sod base by damping the soil a little bit.

Laying the Sod

The sod should be cut to the desired shape and then placed into the soil with a rake. Do not compact the sod while it is in the ground. Water the sod thoroughly after it is in the ground, then wait 24 to 48 hours before mowing.

Watering and Mowing Frequency

There is no need to water the sod when newly laid sod is first installed. However, if the ground is very dry, watering should be done every two to three days. Mowing should be done every 7 to 10 days, with a reduced mowing frequency in cooler months, as it will not grow as fast.

Watering Tips

A good rule of thumb is to place a can about 6 inches from a sprinkler or sprinkler head, and when the can is an inch full, it is time to move the sprinkler or set the timer for that sprinkler zone. Over and under-watering are two things to avoid during the first year. Fresh sod will not grow as fast in the first year, so it is important not to overwater.

Mowing Growth Schedules

Mowing should be done when the grass is 3/4 inch tall. A reduced mowing frequency should be done in cooler months to allow the grass to grow slower. A landscaping company can create the perfect schedule for your lawn.

Avoid Heavy Traffic

For 2-3 weeks after installation, you should avoid heavy traffic on the sod. Let the sod settle into the soil and provide a better foundation for the roots to grow. This will also allow for better root establishment, keeping your lawn healthier in the winter and looking its best in the spring.

Other Maintenance Tips

Watering should be done about two times per week if watered a half inch or once a week if watered one inch. Deep watering is essential in the first year, as the sod will not absorb water as well. You can mulch the sod in the fall or winter to help keep the grass green. Using weed killers, fertilizers, or insect controls may be necessary to preserve the quality of your lawn.

Dracut Landscaping is Ready to Deliver the Best Sod Installation for Your Home

If you want the best results from your sod installation, call Dracut Landscaping. We have years of experience in the industry, and our team will take the time to measure your yard and recommend the best type of sod for your property. We will also ensure that your sod is installed correctly and properly maintained to look great for years to come. Contact us today to get a quote.

About The Author
Michael is a seasoned landscaper, providing services for commercial and residential clients in the Dracut area for over 20 years. Owner of Dracut Landscaping, Michael's team, can help create an ideal landscape for your property.

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