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 improved environment
Schedule you order for delivery of turf after preparatory
work is completed and you are ready to install. Prompt installation in the day
of delivery is crucial to a strong beginning for your lawn
Proper soil preparation is the most important
element in establishing a healthy, long lasting bluegrass plant! You are
transplanting a plant, and root development depends solely on the soil it is
planted in. If you have very sandy soil, add two inches of either black dirt or
clay. Till to a depth of six inches mixing into the clay. Every site is
different and if you do not know what type of soil you have, a soil sample
analysis is advisable. We recommend a 4-12-36 fertilizer be added and tilled
into the soil. Rake and smooth the soil, removing rocks, roots and large clods.
Roll the area and reveal low areas that need more soil. Eliminate drainage
problems by having the soil slope away from foundations, etc. Keep the grade one
inch below sidewalks or driveways.
Install your lawn immediately upon delivery.
Begin watering the lawn within 30 minutes of installation. Sod is a living plant
that requires ground contact and moisture to survive. Begin installing the sod
along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk. Butt and push
edges against each other tightly, without stretching. Avoid gaps and overlaps.
Stagger the joints in each row in brick-like fashion, using a large sharp knife
to trim corners, etc. Avoid leaving small strips at the outer edges as they will
not retain moisture. On slopes, place sod across the slope.
To avoid causing indentations or air pockets,
avoid repeated walking or kneeling on the sod while it is being installed or
just after watering.
During the first three weeks, avoid heavy
concentrated use of your new lawn. This gives the roots an opportunity to firmly
knit with the soil, and insures that the turf will remain smooth.
Give your new lawn at least one inch of water
within 1/2 hour of installation. Water daily, or more often, keeping sod moist
until it is firmly rooted (about two weeks). Then less frequent and deeper
watering should begin.
Weather conditions will dictate the amount and
frequency of watering. Be certain that your lawn has enough moisture to survive
hot, dry or windy periods.
Roots will seek moisture as the roots grow
deeper, and the watering interval will become longer. It may take two years to
establish a six inch root.
Mow often, generally removing less than 1/3 of
the grass height at each mowing. Keep your mower blade sharp.
Fertilizer can be applied once or twice a
year. First application may be applied about September 1. A second application
may be applied about October 25. Water thoroughly after each application.