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This last week, we just did a fun job of laying down sod at a property just off Hwy 97 in Redmond, and it came out great. I thought I would do a post to teach more about the best way to lay sod to make sure it takes root, and becomes healthy grass for the long term. #Sod installation can be an integral part of quickly executing your landscape design. Check out this post:
Whether a sparse, weedy lawn needs renewing or you’re facing a barren backyard, laying sod is the easy way to an instant, lush lawn. Lay sod in spring where cool-season grasses rule and any time of year where warm-season turf is king.
The best way to provide the perfect growing environment for turf is to test your soil. Most turf grasses thrive in well-aerated soil with a pH slightly toward the acidic side (between 6 and 7.5). Obtain a soil test kit from your local extension office. To take a soil test, gather soil samples from several places around the area you’ll be sodding. Mix the soil, and place it into a soil testing bag. Expect to pay at least $15 for the test (price varies by region). It takes about two weeks to get results back, and it will take more time to adjust soil as specified by the results. Plan accordingly, and don’t do your soil test the day before sod arrives.
Rake soil level, and ensure that it’s one inch below the grade of sprinkler heads or paved areas, like sidewalks, patios or driveways. Raking evens out the surface and also creates loose soil particles, which are ideal for grass roots to sink into. Soil needs to be moist when you lay sod. Water it well 24 to 48 hours before installation.
When laying sod, lay pieces in rows, arranged so the joints are staggered, like bricks in a wall. Protect sod already laid by working on a plank to lay the next row.
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Here is a time-lapse video of just a part of our project from last week. We had 4 of our landscapers out, and it took us most of the day to get it down.
I really think this post tells the best practices for what to do after the sod is down. Using a roller is great for ironing out any air bubbles under the turf, and making sure it stays wet in the beginning stages will ensure long lasting growth. See what they have to say:
A push lawn roller or towable lawn roller is key to loosening up the soil; allowing it to mix nutrients and air. This allows the sod to manage and survive stress through a stronger root system.
Watering sod at the right rates is especially important. Water two to three times daily until sod has properly rooted. To tell if sod is properly established (rooted), gently pull on the sod to see if it remains firmly in the ground.
You can learn how to put down sod grass using our tips for laying sod. Before you begin, however, remember that preparation is the most important step in having success with sod and that means having all the right information, tool and supplies.
Hopefully, that was a helpful post. As always, give us a call for any #landscaping installation including sod, sprinklers, water features, and fire pits.