Sod Alternative To Growing Grass?

Yes, for those of us who hate gardening and don’t really want to invest that much time into maintaining a lawn, laying sod is a highly gratifying experience. What’s not to like in getting a brand new lawn practically in no time? The best time of the day to lay sod is early in the morning right before things get too hot. Also, before you can actually lay sod, the planting area has to be watered so that its moist and not dry. However, soggy soil too is bad for sod. The best way to achieve a perfectly moist soil texture is to water properly one to two days before the sod arrives so that the top soil is well watered by then.

What a Sod Story!

Step 1: Fertilize The Soil

Sod on your lawn won’t maintain itself you know. It needs fertilizers and the best time to apply it is right before laying the sod and just after final leveling of the yard. You don’t have to rake in fertilizer, just lay the sod right on top of it.

Step 2: Moisten The Sod

Make sure that the sod is moist and cold to touch but it should never be too wet. If you need to keep the sod cool or wet then sprinkle water on it. Once you have laid down sod, make sure to soak it properly. Actually, you can begin watering from the moment sod is laid down.

Step 3: Pick The Perfect Place For The First Row

Always begin from a straight edge and continue laying down sod along the edge. The best places to start are right next to the driveway or the walkway. This ensures that you begin laying sod straight. For irregular shapes, run strings along the center of the lawn using stakes to demarcate two sides. Lay sod starting from either side of that string.

Step 4: Unroll The Sod

To ensure that the planting surface of the new sod does not roughen up, kneel on a plywood piece or board when working. Ensure that the sod is tightly wound around any hard surface you may come across such as edgings, driveways, walks or cement surfaces.

Step 5: Set Second Piece Tightly Against First And Unroll

To protect against unwanted gaps between each sod piece, make sure to tightly join together two sod pieces before unrolling the second one.

Step 6: Dry The Edges First

Your goal after laying down two pieces of sod is to let the edges dry out first. Cinch as close to the edges as possible without stretching or overlapping the sod. It is similar to laying down bricks.

Step 7: Use A Rake To Level

When you lay sod, a part of the planting surface usually gets roughened up. Use a steel rake to level it to avoid getting a bumpy lawn. At times you might have to lift a sod piece, level and then put it back into place.

Step 8: Cut The Unrolled Edge For A Perfect Fit

As you unroll the sod cut out the edges that overflow with a sharp knife and if you have sprinklers built into the ground then make appropriate holes in the sod.

Step 9: Use Soil For Open Seams

Once the sod is in place, you have to seal the seams. To do this use soil or peat moss. Never fill up the empty space with tiny sod pieces. They dry quickly and die out promoting weed growth.

Step 10: Water Filled Roller

The final step is to level the sod and make sure that the soil and roots are in perfect contact. Use a water roller, or a roller filled with water to do this and roll perpendicular with the sod lengthwise.

Finally, water the lawn as if it were grass and leave at least 6 to 8 inches of water beneath the sod. Use a stiff wire and see how far water has penetrated. This is the only time consuming process of all and with large lawns be careful not to miss out any spot as it can cause an immediate deterioration in the sod health.

Fresh sod must always be planted immediately after receiving it so have the lawn prepared beforehand.

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