Leveling, tilling, fertilizing and soil moistures are important factors for your sod's success. Sod should be installed on smooth, even ground. The ground should be bare, firm, and free of rocks and dips. Soil amendments such as gypsum, for clay soils, should be applied prior to installation.
Sod rolls should be unrolled green side up and placed tightly together with the seams staggered. The outermost edges of the sod should not be exposed, cover them with soil or place them at ground level. Sod staples may be necessary on steep slopes. The staples should be driven into the sod on the top edge of the sod after it has been rolled out.
Sod must be fertilized at installation. Apply LoveLand Golf Course Starter or Renovator same day as installation. Reapply 4 weeks later.
Crabgrass Control For Spring Sod Installation
(March - June) Apply LoveLand Golf Course Starter or Renovator at time of installation. Two weeks later, apply LoveLand Prevent® crabgrass pre-emergent over the top of new sod. Prevent will suppress crabgrass, foxtail and other ugly grassy weeds in the seams and cracks between the rolls. If you are confused on which to use, just give us a call. Our green shirt team will help you build a plan to fit your needs.
Watering Fresh Sod
The most important step in any successful sod job. Fresh sod must be watered at once and kept spongy wet continually for the first two weeks. Homeowners should plan to water sod at least twice a day for one hour at a setting during the hottest part of the day.
How much water is enough? New sod should be spongy wet to the degree you could not walk on it with bare feet without it sq;squishing between your toes. Too much water will never be an issue for sod in the first two weeks. On hot windy days, sod can dry out in an hours. When temperatures are above 80° after installation, sod must be kept continual wet for the first month.
Mowing Fresh Sod
After installation the grass blades will be horizontal. With proper watering, in 10 to 14 days, your sod will begin to stand up. Mow sod as often as needed with a sharp blade and mower on the highest setting during a time the sod is moist, yet firm to walk on. Water sod immediately after mowing.