Begin installing turf along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk. Butt and push 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 outer edges as they will not hold moisture.
On slopes, place the turf pieces across the slope. To avoid causing indention’s or air pockets avoid repeated walking or kneeling on turf while it is being installed or just after watering After installing the turf, roll the entire area to improve turf topsoil contact.
Caution – During the first three weeks, avoid heavy or concentrated use of your lawn. This gives the roots an opportunity to firmly knit with the soil.
Step 4: Watering
Give your new lawn at least 1 inch of water within 1/2 hour of installation. Water daily, or more often, keeping turf moist until it is firmly rooted (about 2 weeks). Then less frequent and deeper watering should begin.
Weather conditions will dictate the amount and frequency of watering. Be certain 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.
Step 5: Maintenance
Your new sod lawn will increase 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. Follow mowing recommendations for your type of lawn or as always, you can consult with a professional at G.L.M.
Fertilizers and chemical applications will depend on climate, sod type, soil, insects, weed and disease conditions. For fertilizer and maintenance requirements, consult with an extension agent or a G.L.M. Turf Professional.