Preparing for Sod Installation

Step 1: Measuring and Ordering

Installation on the day of delivery is critical to a strong beginning for your lawn. With a tape, measure the area of your planned lawn. Include these measurements on a sketch of the lawn area, with the length, width and any unusual features. G.L.M. Turf Professionals will be happy to determine the amount of turf grass sod you need from your sketch. Schedule your order for delivery after preparatory work is completed and your are ready to install.

Step 2: Soil Preparation

For best results, till or spade the area to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. Eliminate drainage problems by having soil slope away from foundations, etc.

Soil test your lawn area with the assistance of qualified service in your area. Then rake in the fertilizer, lime, peat, compost, etc. as needed to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. Rake and smooth soil removing rocks, roots, and large clods. Roll the area lightly with a lawn roller 1/3 full of water. This will firm the soil surface and reveal low areas that need more soil. Keep the grade 1 inch below sidewalks and driveways Water the prepared area to settle the soil and provide a moist base for turf. Moistening to a depth of 6 inches is recommended for most soils. However, consult with a G.L.M. professional regarding your specific soil needs.

Water the prepared area to settle the soil and provide a moist base for turf. Moistening to a depth of 6 inches is recommended for most soils. However, consult with a G.L.M. Professional regarding your specific soil needs.

Step 3: Turf Installation

Install your lawn immediately upon delivery. Begin watering lawn within 30 minutes of installation. Turf is a living plant that requires ground contact and moisture to survive! In hot weather, protect un-laid turf by placing stacks in the shade, covering with moist burlap bags and/or sprinkling.

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.