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Q: How do I know how much sod to order?
Q: How do I prepare for sod?
Q: How do I water my sod?
Q: Is a sod lawn less work?
Q: Where can I use sod?
Q: Can sod withstand heavy usage?

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Q: How do I know how much sod to order?

A: It's just a matter of math. Measure the length and the width, multiply and you get square feet. L x W = Sq. Ft. We just need your total square footage. It's also better to have too much rather than not enough.

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Q: How do I prepare for sod?

A: Sod can be prepared for in Four Steps:

Step One: Measuring & Ordering - With a tape, measure the area of your planned lawn. Include these measurements on a sketch of the lawn area, with the length, width, and any unusual features. Your Laytonsville Landscaping, Inc. company representative will be happy to determine the amount of turfgrass sod you will need from your sketch.

Schedule your order for delivery of turf after preparatory work is completed and you are ready to install. Prompt installation on the day of delivery is crucial to a strong beginning for your lawn.

Step Two: Soil Preparation - For best result, rototill or spade the area to a depth of 10 - 15 centimeters (4 -6 inches). Eliminate drainage problems by having soil slope away from foundations, etc.

Soil test your lawn with the assistance of a qualified service in your area. Then rake in fertilizer, lime, peat, compost, etc. as needed to a depth of 7 to 10 cm. (3 to 4 inches). Rake and smooth soil removing rocks, roots, and large clods. Roll the area lightly with a lawn roller 1/3 full of water. This will firm the soil surface and reveal low areas that need more soil. Keep the grade 2 to 3 cm. (1 inch) below sidewalks or driveway.

Water the prepared area to settle soil and provide a moist base for turf. Moistening to a depth of 15 cm. (6 inches) is recommended for most soils. However, consult with your local Laytonsville Landscaping, Inc. company regarding your specific soil needs.

Step Three: Turf Installation - Install your lawn immediately upon delivery. Begin watering lawn within 30 minutes of installation. Turf is a living plant that requires ground contact and moisture to survive.

In hot weather, protect unlaid turf by placing stacks in the shade, covering with moist burlap sacking, and/or sprinkling.

Begin installing turf along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk. Butt and push edges and ends against each other tightly, without stretching. Avoid gaps or overlaps. Stagger the joints in each row in a brick-like fashion, using a large sharp knife to trim corners, etc. Avoid leaving small strips at outer edges as they will not retain moisture. On slopes, place the turf pieces across the slope.

To avoid causing indentations or air pockets, avoid repeated walking or kneeling on the turf while it is being installed or just after watering.

After installing the turf, roll the entire area to improve turf/soil contact and remove air pockets.

Step Four: Watering - Give your new lawn at least 2 to 3 cm. (1 inch) of water within 1/2 hour of installation. Water daily, or more often, keeping turf moist until it is firmly rooted (about 2 weeks). Then less frequent and deep watering should begin.

Weather conditions will dictate the amount and frequency of watering. Be certain that your new lawn has enough moisture to survive hot, dry or windy periods. Water areas near buildings more often where reflected heat dries the turf.

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Q: How do I water my sod?

A: It's essential to water new turfgrass sod within a half hour after installation. Apply at least 1 inch of water so that the soil beneath the turf is very wet. Ideally, 3 to 4 inches below the soil will be moist.

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Q: Is a sod lawn less work?

A: Yes, a professional sod lawn needs no special care because it is a healthy mature lawn when installed, whereas a sprigged or seeded lawn requires years of nurturing to reach maturity. Sod is grown under expert supervision from either top quality blends or certified hybrid sprigs. After it has been installed, just water, mow and fertilize your sod lawn as needed and it will remain a healthy, green carpet of grass, requiring very little maintenance.

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Q: Where can I use sod?

A: Sod can be installed practically anywhere, even where seeding is impossible or too costly. Sod is often used to stop soil erosion and water pollution on slopes where rain would wash away both seed and soil.

Sod is available in a variety of grass blends to suit various needs such as climate, amount of usage, sun and shade conditions.

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Q: Can sod withstand heavy usage?

A: Certainly! Sod establishes itself quickly. In a couple of weeks, it's ready for full use. It creates the perfect surface for lawn games and family outdoor living. With today's various blends of hardy grasses, sod is chosen for parks, golf courses, athletic fields, as well as residential homes and business parks.

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