Establishing a New Lawn
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Like a good house, a good lawn needs a good foundation. If your lot was stripped of topsoil in preparation for building, any grass will perform better if you replace this soil with an improved soil or conditioner. Bulk topsoil (many definitions as to what "top soil" really is) from offsite mined sources can be infested with crabgrass and other weed seed. Blending the subsoil with a weed free, uniform, humus compost like SOIL3 greatly enhances your opportunity for successful establishment and long term enjoyment of your Lifetime Lawn.
Preparing the Seedbed and Seeding It
Don't skimp on good seedbed preparation. Refer to:
Sodding has become a more attractive product for new lawn projects because of the cost efficiency and the immediate groundcover - preventing erosion and bringing mud into the house.
Typically the sod is harvested in blocks 16" wide and 24" long or in strips 16" wide and 81" long which are rolled for easier handling. The thickness runs 1" to 1-1/2", of which about 1/2" is soil and the remainder is grass, so that for solid sodding the grades around sidewalks and drives should be approximately 1/2" lower than the paving.
Laying solid sod is fairly simple. Schedule delivery only after you have prepared a seedbed and are ready to install, and then insist on prompt delivery after harvest. Start laying along the longest edge-curb, driveway or building. Stagger blocks or strips as if laying a cement block wall. Butt sod firmly and stretch each piece so that the roots will lay flat against the soil. In dry, hot weather, lightly wet the surface before laying, and soak each small area immediately (within one hour) after laying. Roll the sod once all has been installed to insure good soil root contact.
Water at least once each afternoon until the sod is firmly rooted.
HINT: When lawns with steep slopes are seeded, it is a good idea to lay strips of solid sod every six to ten feet across the slope to assist in erosion control. "Nail" the sod to the ground by using long, wooden spikes.
For more information, read How to Lay Sod.