DIY Sod Installation
Tips on installing sod
After you have prepared the soil, and your sod has been delivered, you will need to put the sod in place as soon as you can. Although we don't mean to scare, sod is a living plant. The transplant must be done quickly to avoid the plant tissue drying out or dying. You should be ready to lay your sod as soon as it arrives.
Here are some details to keep in mind when installing your sod.
You should press the edges against one another.
Place the sod gently and stretch.
Avoid overlaps and gaps.
Cut in and around edges
To prevent sod from drying out, ensure you make precise cuts when cutting around and in the edges.
Place the sod at the lawn's edge.
Use cleanly-cut pieces of sod to fill in the gaps.
Install the sod by staggering it in a brick-like fashion
Aesthetics: Brick-like patterns look better visually than four corners meeting at the same point.
Water Run-Off - A brick-like pattern that prevents seams from running in your lawn. Water will flow down if there is a seam.
Soding on a slope
To prevent heavy rain from washing away your sod, lay the sod rolls perpendicularly to the slope.
Rolling in your Sod
After your sod is installed, roll it in.
You can rent a sod-roller at your local hardware and equipment rental shop.
Water should be added to the sod roller.
Spread the sod roller on your lawn in a grid-like fashion.
Rolling newly laid sod can help roots get into contact with the soil better and remove air pockets.
You can water your lawn with water:
After installation, water your lawn. It is a good idea to water your lawn immediately after you have laid a pallet, or a full pallet, and before you move on to the next one.
When the soil beneath the sod is damp, you know that you have watered enough.
The soil and sod should be kept damp for at least 2 weeks or until they are rooted in. To do so may require daily watering (depending on climate).