Measuring And Installation Tips
Remove, identify, and control weeds. Kill any existing grass and remove.
Remove debris, large rocks, construction material, etc.
Apply 1½ to 2 inches of compost (landscape mix) across the area to be sodded.
Establish a rough grade of 1 to 1½ inches below the sidewalks.
Install sprinklers. An automated system is recommended to save time and water. Make sure sprinklers have good head coverage.
Water to settle the compost and to build water reserves in the soil.
Rake for a finished grade.
Begin by installing turf along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk.
Butt and push the edges and ends against each other tightly, without stretching.
Avoid gaps or overlaps.
Stagger the joints in each row in a brick-like pattern, using a large, sharp knife to trim corners, etc.
Avoid leaving small strips at outer edges, as they will not retain moisture.
To avoid indentations or air pockets, avoid walking or kneeling on the turf as it is being installed or just after watering.
Start watering within 30 minutes of installation.
Soak the grass thoroughly until water is standing in puddles and running down the street.
Sod pieces should look like a dripping sponge that can't hold any more water. (Your neighbor should think you have a broken water line.)
After this initial irrigation, water the grass once a day for the next two weeks.
After the grass has established and rooted, give your lawn one deep irrigation each week.
Watering may need to be increased during extreme heat and drought times or may decrease during rainy periods.
Do not apply any fertilizer to your new grass until it has rooted and established.
Once your grass is fully established, we have care and maintenance guides available for each variety in our office.