How to lay sod like a pro part 3
First, you will need a few tools to help you with your sod installment.
Here's a homeowner basic tool list:
Outdoor work shoes or boots
Water hose & sprayer head
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER!
**If it is hot (over 85 degrees Farenheit) - Water ground lightly before laying sod!
**Butt each piece of sod closely to the next piece
**Start on the straightest line available
**Keep your lines of sod as straight as possible
**Water sod after it is laid!
**Use sod staples on steep hills to hold sod in place until roots take
We differ from the mainstream on this advice. Because we don't know when, what or how much fertilizer the sod farm has fed the sod prior to harvesting, we recommend that you don't use starter fertilizer.
Grass side up, dirt side down. Some stronger people can carry several pieces at a time, but one to two pieces is more realistic, especially if you have a lot of sod to lay. Sometimes the sod pieces will be more fragile and you can only carry one piece at a time. Sod pieces can weigh about the same as a gallon of milk (approximately 8 lbs) depending on how much water and the thickness) There are 189 pieces on one pallet of sod, so pace yourself!
If it is really hot outside, then the ground is hot too! Sprinkle the ground in front of you with a little water, just enough to cool it off a bit, but not so much that you create a mud wrestling arena. After an hour of laying sod, go back and water what you have already laid, sprinkle some more bare ground and continue to lay and water per pallet.
Butt the pieces together as much as possible so when you roll them,so that they are touching neighboring pieces. This helps the sod to fill in more quickly and you won't see those unsightly seam lines as long.
If you have some steep grades to cover, use some sod staples to hold in place until the roots take hold. When laying on a hill it is best to go length wise across the hill to help prevent slippage and ruts.
Water after laying the sod to the point of good root saturation. If the outside climate is really hot and dry, it is a good practice to lay a pallet, then water, lay another pallet, then water again and so on.
You can roll sod again right after laying or up to a couple of weeks past. (Right up until the sod roots begin to attach to the soil underneath.) Rolling helps to even out and level the sod, eliminating scalps, divots and holes in your lawn. If you do end up with seams, divots or holes, you can use river sand to level your lawn after the roots are established. Don't use more than a 1/4 inch depth of sand at one time.
Keep root zone moist until the roots are connected to the ground - then and only then can you decrease the amount of watering you are doing. The amount and quantity of water will vary greatly, mostly depending on the time of the year and rainfall.
Wait 10-14 days to add any chemicals
Sand if necessary to level problem areas
Hold off mowing your grass until the sod is rooted in well. If you tug at the sod and it doesn't come up, it's rooted in well.
SIT BACK AND ENJOY !