Instructions for Installing Sod
Steps for Installing Sod
Contact a local TPI member regarding specific soil needs
Remove all debris from the area
Grade area to desired contours
Rototill or spade area to the depth of 10-15 cm (4-6″)
Eliminate drainage problems by having soil slope away from foundations, etc.
Peat Moss can be added to improve the composition of the soil. Use 2 to 4 bales of 6 cu. ft. size per 100 sq. metres if desired
Soil test your lawn with the assistance of a qualified service in your area. Top Soil should be available to a depth of 8 to 10 cm. If this amount of top soil is not available, it must be added.
Prepare the soil by rototilling to a depth of 8 to 10 cm. rototilling first one way, and then the other way.
Soil Preparation Continued..
Add Fertilizer, lime, peat, compost, etc. as needed at the rate of 10 Kilograms per 100 sq. metres and rototill or rake to a depth of 7-10 cm.
Recommend fertilizer 5-20-20 or similar ratio. Rake top 3 cm. to a smooth, even surface, and roll lightly to show up any depressions.
Rake and smooth the soil, removing rocks, roots and large clods.
Roll the area lightly with a lawn roller 1/3 full of water to firm surface and reveal areas that need more soil
Keep the grade 2-3cm (1″) below sidewalks or driveway
Water the prepared area to settle soil and provide a moist base for turf to a depth of 15cm (6″)
Sod should be laid as soon as possible. Never later than 24 hours after delivery.
Your new sod lawn increases your property value significantly. With proper care, it will remain a great asset, providing beauty, a clean playing surface and an improved environment. Here are some tips to keep your new lawn healthy after you install sod:
– Mow turf often – generally no more than a 1/3 of grass height ( generally 1.5-2″ mowing height)
– Keep your mower blade sharp
– Follow local TPI mowing recommendations for your type of lawn
– Fertilizer and chemical applications will depend on climate, sod type, soil, insects, weed, and disease conditions
– For fertilizer and maintenance requirements, consult with our staff A&M Sod Supply is a TPI Member.