Planting Grass Sod
Planting grass sod can instantly convert a patch of ordinary land into a lovely lawn. Here are a few easy and basic steps.
- First, choose the right kind of grass suitable for your area.
- Measure the lawn area in order to find out the amount of sod you will require. Always buy fresh sod from a nursery or garden center nearby, or you could order it from a local sod farm.
- Level the area and prepare the soil. The final layer should be an inch or two lower than the grade in order to accommodate the thickness of the sod.
- You should not plant grass sod if it is dried, curled, or has cracked edges. You should always opt for fresh sod.
- Layer the sod along edges such as the walkway or the driveway. You can stretch a string across the center of the lawn in order to create a straight edge.
- You should place the sod in such a way so that the ends butt up firmly against the edges, or a previously laid piece. See that the edges are as close as possible, without overlapping them.
- If there are large spaces between the sod, fill them up with soil.
- Use a water-filled roller over it to make sure that the sod is in contact with the soil, and also to level out the area.
- To ensure that the soil is thoroughly moist, you need to water the entire area.
- Until the roots of the sod knit with the soil below, it has to be kept thoroughly moist, without getting it soggy. You may need to water it more than once a day if the weather is hot.
Basic tips and warning before planting a grass sod
- Always plant grass sod on dry soil and avoid a muddy mess.
- While laying the sod, you may use a kneepad to protect your knees, and use a piece of plywood to kneel on so that you don’t damage the sod.
- Planting sod involves hard work, so ask friends to lend a helping hand, and use a wheelbarrow to cart the pieces around.
- Prevent kids and pets from trampling on the newly laid lawn by using stakes and string to enclose it.
- Whether it is laid out or stacked, the grass sod must not be allowed to dry out. Keep the grass sods in a shaded area when in storage, and use a hose to water it occasionally.