DIY Ground Prep for Sod Installation from Van Beek’s

With these tips for ground prep for sod installation you can install your sod yourself, like a pro.

DIY Ground Prep for Sod Installation

How to Prepare Your Ground to Install Sod Like A Pro

When it comes to ground prep for sod installation, there are several factors to consider before starting your new sod installation project. Whether you are looking to repair patches in your lawn or hope to replace a whole area, these tips will leave you satisfied with your ability to create a lush green lawn that will thrive throughout the year.

Repairing Small Areas

For new grass to root ensure that it is laid over rich soil where the roots can pick up the nutrients needed to develop and grow. As mentioned previously, an additional layer of topsoil under your new sod will ensure that your lawn will root correctly for proper growth.

Keep in mind that applying a layer of topsoil and new sod directly over an existing lawn may look unlevel and can affect lawn health if water does not properly drain into the soil. To prevent this problem, you may wish to dig up the existing patch by hand or with a rototiller depending on the size of the area.

Replacing a Whole Lawn

Digging up the old grass with a rototiller will provide a fresh start on which you can grow your dream lawn. After tilling the lawn, be sure to grade with a rake to ensure that the lawn is level so that the water will drain correctly. As mentioned previously, an additional layer of nutrient-rich topdressing soil over the new base will ensure that your lawn will root correctly for proper growth.

After the application, running over the lawn with a roller will remove any air pockets that could affect the rooting process. Whether a small or large project, it is important to continue watering the newly installed lawn to help the roots grow into the soil.

You now know what it takes to install your own sod, but there are some more practical questions to consider before starting the job.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sod Installation

How long does it take to lay sod?

While the specific amount of time to lay sod depends on the size of the area, it should not take longer than a day. After tilling and grading the ground, it is a simple process to lay out the sod over the prepared ground.

When is a good time to lay sod?

You should be aware that it is most effective to lay sod during cooler seasons of the year, particularly on cloudy days. An ideal target range is between 12 and 18 degree Celsius when there is no risk of frost, but when the sun will not stress the new lawn.[1]

When should I start mowing my new lawn?

In general, you will want to wait a few weeks after installing sod before cutting it with a lawnmower. The lawn should be fully rooted into the soil before driving over it.

To find the soil and sod products that will help you create your dream lawn, contact the experts at Van Beek’s Landscaping Supplies.

 

[1] HomeGuides At What Temperatures Can You Lay Sod? Accessed March 2019. Available online: https://homeguides.sfgate.com/temperatures-can-lay-sod-74889.html