Sod Installation Details
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For details on Installing Sod (laying sod), watch our instructive video that explains the steps of installing sod and gives examples of each step, as it is performed.
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Details of Installing Sod
Once you've prepared your soil and had your sod delivered (and placed in the shade), you'll need to install the sod as quickly as possible. We don't want to scare you, but grass sod is a living, breathing plant and the transplant process must be done quickly and smartly to prevent the plant tissue from drying out and dying. Please be prepared to lay your sod immediately after it is delivered and have plenty of help at the ready.
Remember, examples of how each step is performed are available in the above video.
A few details to remember while installing your sod is to:
Cutting in and around edges:
- When you are cutting in and around edges, make clean cuts to prevent the sod from drying out.
- Lay the sod so that any gaps will be at the edge of your lawn.
- Fill in gaps along the edges with cleanly cut pieces of sod.
Stagger the sod in a brick-like pattern while installing sod:
- Aesthetics - a brick-like pattern looks best aesthetically as opposed to four corners meeting at one point,
- Water Run Off - a brick-like pattern prevents long running seams in your sod. If there is a seem all the way down, the water will run all the way down and away from your lawn.
Laying sod on a slope:
Lay the rolls of sod perpendicular to the slope to prevent your sod being washed away by heavy rainfall.
Rolling in your Sod:
Once your sod has been installed, you will need to roll in your sod.
- Rent a sod-roller from your local hardware or equipment rental store.
- Fill the sod roller with water.
- Roll the sod roller across your lawn in a grid-like pattern.
- Rolling your newly laid sod helps sod roots come into better contact with the soil and it removes air pockets.
Water in your lawn: