Laying Sod

Hot summers, flooding, weeds and other factors can damage or even kill your lawn. Over time, you might need to lay new sod when your lawn becomes worn or patchy. You will also need new sod when creating a new lawn, especially when building a new house. Sodding your lawn is an alternative to reseeding. Sod is grown under optimal conditions for growth to ensure the grass is strong and free of weeds. Using sod also avoids patches that can result from seeding.

Types of Sod

Buying the right type of sod that meets your needs ensures that you are left with a beautiful and practical lawn. Climate is often the main consideration when determining the best type of sod for your property. Bluegrass, ryegrass and bentgrass are ideal for areas of the country with colder winters and hot summers. They are also good for regions where there are regular periods of rainfall. Other grasses such as St. Augustine, Bermuda, Carpetgrass and Centipede are known as warm season grass. These varieties of sod are perfect for hot and humid conditions, especially climates in the South.

In addition to climate, how you use your lawn will help determine the best type of sod. Some grasses are stronger and tolerate frequent foot traffic better than others. Other grasses need plenty of sunshine to thrive while others do just as well in shady plots with lots of trees. For areas that are used as play areas for children and see heavy foot traffic, consider Bermuda and Zoysia varieties of sod. These types of grasses withstand stress better than most. For lawns that are shaded, pick St. Augustine and Centipede sod. When laying sod on soil that is sandy or less fertile, consider Bahia or Centipede grasses. Centipede is also a good choice for larger lawns since it needs minimal maintenance.

Whatever type of sod you select, make sure you understand the maintenance needs of individual grasses. Read instructions or speak to an expert to know what the sod's irrigation and fertilization needs. Since some grasses grow faster than others, you may also need to do more mowing and edging with certain types of sod.

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Tips to Laying Sod

Always measure the area carefully before laying sod. This helps avoid buying more sod then you need, and that will ultimately save you money. Also, you should prepare the soil appropriately. Sod should be laid right away, so any preparation work needs to be done before it is delivered. Using a spade or rototiller, dig the area to be sodded to a depth of about six inches. All debris including rocks and pebbles as well as roots and plants should be removed. Finally, level the area with a rake or a roller. The soil should also be watered before laying any sod. About two weeks before you lay the sod you might want to use a herbicide to kill any weeds as well as use fertilizer on the soil.

When installing the sod, the work needs to be done properly. Make sure the sod is moist, from the moment it is delivered until it is laid. The sod should be laid along a straight line. You can use a point of reference bordering the lawn such as a driveway or sidewalk to help keep your placement straight. Edges of each piece should be placed tightly next to one another. They should not overlap and spaces between each piece of sod must be avoided. You can use a sharp tool like a knife to fit in the corners, especially around obstacles like trees and sprinklers. If there are any gaps, use potting soil or organic material like peat moss instead of small pieces of sod, which will dry out quickly. Once the sod is laid, water the lawn. Make sure the water penetrates to a depth of six to eight inches under the sod. If it's hot or windy, water the sod in phases. You should water the lawn at least three times a day for 10 days for around 15 minutes. This will help the sod take root. Only then should you mow or rake the lawn as well as use the lawn.