Angela shows how to install sod from an existing lawn with new sod from Greenhorizons Sod Farms. Learn sod installation tips and tricks from this video.
Two important things to increase sod installation success:
1. Water within 15 minutes of putting down the first roll. For instance, you will notice in the video that Angela is working right beside the sprinkler when she is installing the sod.
2. In addition, make sure you carefully mow the sod on a 45 degree angle 7-10 days after the installation. While many homeowners leave the sod un-mowed for 2-3 weeks after installation, this can put the grass under stress and set it back and sometimes even kill it.
How To Install Sod:
- Rent a sod cutter.
Check out Home Depot for rentals.
- Bare the area.
Leaving old turf on the surface prevents the sod from being able to root in the soil.
- Use BigYellowBag’s Rubbish Bag Program to dispose of the old turf.
- Rake the area.
Since removing all other organic matter, this is an essential step to provide your new sod with the best possible foundation for healthy growth.
- Grade the area.
Make sure you’ve leveled the area and removed any dips. To allow for the thickness of the sod, your prepared area should be one inch lower than walkways and driveways.
- Measure the area.
- Call Greenhorizons or place your sod order online.
- We’ll pick up your rubbish bags and deliver your new sod.
- Fertilize the area.
We recommend using Greenhorizons’ Starter Fertilizer since the high middle number promotes strong root growth.
- Rake the area lightly to evenly spread the fertilizer.
- Roll the entire area to ensure there are no irregularities after grading.
- Lay the sod.
Begin with the perimeter of the area. However, remember to carefully ensure there are no gaps between the rolls. In addition, you can use a utility knife to trim the sod. Stagger the rolls in a brick pattern.
- Begin watering as you continue laying the sod.
- Roll the area, ensuring that there is good sod/soil contact and no air pockets.
- Trim around trees using a tape measure or string.
- Water your sod carefully!
- Finally, lift a corner of the sod to ensure the water has soaked through the sod.
- After one week, your sod should be rooted into the soil. At this point, you need to mow your grass. However, don’t remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade.
- Mow on a 45° angle from the direction the sod was laid to prevent ruts.
Enjoy Your Lawn!
With these great tips and tricks, your sod will be looking fantastic in no time! In fact, you may even be the envy of your entire neighbourhood!