So, you’ve decided to lay sod down in your new yard instead of planting grass seed or having the area hydroseeded.
After contacting a company that sells sod, you and the grass expert decided on a grass type – maybe Celebration Bermuda or something similar – for your new lawn and you got some instructions on how to prepare the soil, which was your next step.
Here’s what you need to do:
The top six to eight inches of soil needs to be loosened up so the roots will have an easier time getting established. Typically, a rototiller is used to loosen up the soil and can be rented for as long as you need it.
Depending on the type of soil you have, you may have to run the rototiller over it a few times to get deep enough and to break up the larger clumps of dirt. It is recommended that you apply a couple of inches of compost to the top of the soil.
If your soil has an abundance of clay in it, you will need to add two to three inches of sand to the soil for drainage purposes. Once these additions have been spread over the soil, you will need to till all of it again to get everything mixed well. You can have the soil tested to determine if you need to add any fertilizer or lime.
Leveling your soil
If you don’t level the surface of the area you plan to lay the sod after you have prepared it, you will end up with high spots and low spots which are very unsightly. It won’t look good, and worse, you will have a problem with water running off the high spots and saturating the low spots, which has a negative effect on the ability of the grass to thrive and to grow into a beautiful lawn.
A rake is a good tool to use to start with to pull the high spots into the low spots and level things up to begin with. Watering the soil will also help the newly tilled soil to settle so you can see the unevenness better.
A lawn roller is another tool you can use to level the soil with. It basically is a barrel with some water in it and handles to push it with. The barrel is usually filled about a third with water to create the required weight to compress the newly tilled soil. This amount of water can be adjusted according to what type of weight you need for your soil. Ask your grass expert, who is providing the sod.
A Great Result
All the effort will be worth it when the sod is delivered. Because you followed the advice of the expert you talked to and you were careful about how much of everything you mixed into and put on the soil, your new lawn will need less maintenance and won’t need as much water, pesticides, and fertilizer.
You should be able to enjoy your healthy, beautiful lawn for years and years. Once the sod is cut, delivered, and laid, it will take a couple of weeks for it to get rooted and recover from being cut, so be patient, and you will have the beautiful lawn you have always wanted in no time.