An expanse of lawn over your property provides you with many benefits and a pleasant environment in your yard. But it can be difficult to plant a new lawn from loose seed, which provides the perfect opportunity to add in a sod installation for a quick update to your yard. Here are some recommendations to help you with your upcoming sod installation project.
Prepare the Soil
Before you can install your newly delivered sod, you need to clear out the area of soiling in preparation for the new sod. The soil needs to be cleared of any large rocks, debris, weeds, and old grass that may be there. If you have an old weed-filled lawn that you want to completely replace, you can use a sod cutter to get it out of the way. This will remove the old growth and leave the perfect amount of space for your new sod rolls to be placed. If there are weeds in your old lawn, be sure you dispose of them without composting so you don't spread the weeds into your yard.
Also, be sure that you level the site with a soil grader or with the help of your landscape professional. This will make your sod installation go more smoothly and will help your finished lawn look incredible.
Lay the Sod
When the site is ready for your sod installation, it is important to consider the size and shape of each length of sod in its placement. Start on a straight edge at the back end of your property so you can start laying it along in a neat, even row. The back of your property is a good place to start so you don't have to continually walk across your newly-installed sod, as this can cause bumps and lumps to appear in your new sod. Foot traffic can compress the soil and the sod layer to make it uneven with your finished lawn.
Be sure that you set the pieces of sod closely packed together with their edges set tightly against one another. This is important because as the sod takes root it can shrink a bit and expose any small gap in your placement. A small gap between two sections of sod can turn into a hole that can cause a tripping hazard. So set each piece of sod tightly against the next, and be sure to stagger the seams of the sod pieces. For example, you don't want the corners of four different pieces of sod to come together in one spot, but instead, stagger them in a manner that you would lay brick. This will keep your sod looking more uniform as well.
When I was young, I loved helping my mother in the garden. Our yard was filled with plants and flowers that she kept in immaculate condition. Once I was an adult and bought my first home, I learned that there was much more to landscaping a yard than I ever imagined! After a little trial and error planting a few flowers in my yard that died quickly, I realized the technology that is available to aspiring gardeners makes trial and error a thing of the past. After I found out what my "hardiness zone" was, I realized I was planting flowers made for much cooler climates, and I played around with software that let me design my yard very easily! I learned a lot throughout the experience, so I thought I would share my tips with everyone who needs them. Come back often to check out my new tips!