Laying sod is easy. Unfortunately, laying sod wrong is easy too. There are a few basic tips that, when followed, will ensure survival of the sod resulting in a lush, thriving lawn.
- Prepare the ground properly for best results.
- Fresh sod is best. The longer it's been sitting the more time it's had to dry out and begin to die.
- A starter fertilizer could be applied to aid in establishment, but is not necessary especially if the soil is rich in organic matter.
- Lay a single, straight line as a guide and work from there.
- When starting a new row, make sure the pieces are staggered so that the seams don't line up with the previous row.
- Trim around obstacles with a sharp knife (carpet/lino knife works great)
Once the sod is in place, water it deeply. Keeping it moist is the most crucial part of caring for new sod.