- jerry gLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
Sod must, when placed, have a warm and cozy home.
Amend the soil with both additional "good" soil, drainage,
nutrients (basic 10-10-10 fert gran.).
Tamp the surface to the level and angle you wish the
turf to grow. The soil is right when you can walk on it with
very little indentation from your foot. Prior to planting run
either a heavy rake or a Garage Broom (it's true) over the
Order and plant as much sod as you can in one
day. The real shelf life from a nursery is about two days.
If the area is large enough a sod-farm will cut it that very
Offset the placement of the sod in the case of
a whole set being bad for your area. Do not use a
patch of sod to fill-in (except in areas around paving)
unless it is at least 1/3rd of the length of the sod.
Water like you have never believed. Keep an
eye on local forecast, however, after install water at
least 1/2 in of rain per foot. Your sod will need
a full 1" per week until established (generally four
One week after install you will note hills and
curled edges of the sod. When the turf and soil are
between waterings you need to rent a turf roller to
secure the sod to the soil.
Two weeks after sodding I apply a light
application of a certified Ryegrass mixture and then
water. After that let the Mother Nature do what she
A Side Note: Many people sod because the grass does not grow. Sod Farms do not grow sod for shade areas of turf.
Sod in a shaded area is a reciepe for disaster.Source(s): Turfgrass Mgmt Penn State.