Measuring & Installation

Sod is a living plant and requires good ground contact and moisture to survive. Schedule your sod pick-up or delivery after all your ground prep is finished. It should be installed as soon as possible for the best results.

Soil prep is the first step to a beautiful, healthy lawn:

  • 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.

Now you are ready to have your grass delivered or picked-up:

  • 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.

Time to water:

  • 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.