A: Sod can be prepared for in Four Steps:
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
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
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.
for more watering tips and detailed instructions.
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