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Step-by-step guide to laying sod

Professionally grown sod is sturdy, dense, and virtually weed-free. Laying sod provides instant gratification ... no need to wait for seed!
  • Make your bed

    Think of your lawn as a garden of grass. You need to prepare the soil before planting yoru garden. Your sod bed should be an inch or so lower than any walkways, so the new lawn will be even with sidewalks and driveways. Dig organic material and fertilizer into the soil, then work the area with a rake until it's smooth and level.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Keep it cool

    Bring one or two rolls of sod to your worksite at a time, using a wheelbarrow or cart. Keep the rest of the strips rolled, moist, and in the shade until you're ready to use them. Moisten the soil bed immediately before you lay the sod.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Get rolling

    Lay the first piece of sod along a sidewalk or driveway if possible, to make sure it's straight. Place the end snugly against the walk and gently unroll the strip. Start your next strip where the first left off, working in long rows across your lawn.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Stagger your rows

    When you begin a new row, make sure to stagger the strips of sod so the end seams don't meet up. Scoot the sod as close to the previous row as possible, but avoid stretching the sod.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Step off

    Don't stand on the sod as you lay your rows. Use a kneeling board (a large piece of cardboard works well) to distribute your weight. Use a good sturdy knife to cut sod as needed for the end of your row or to fit into irregular spaces.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Give it a drink

    Gently use a roller or tamper to press slightly on the newly set sod to help establish good root contact with the soil. Once everything is in place, give your entire lawn a good watering.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
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