Sod is a living, breathing plant that should be installed quickly after receiving. If you’re unable to lay the sod right away, we recommend placing it in a shaded area and lightly watering it to keep it moist.
You can lay sod almost any time of the year. However, spring and fall are best because of the cool temperatures that still allow the grass to grow. If possible, avoid laying sod in the summer because it requires extra water and too much water can cause it to establish disease.
Sod cannot be expected to grow on just any type of soil. The ground must be prepared before laying the sod. All debris, weeds, and rock should be removed from the area. Also, make sure the soil is not compacted. Grade the soil to avoid puddles in the lower areas and to make sure water runs away from your driveway and sidewalks. Add nitrogen and trace minerals to the topsoil to correct pH levels and to support root growth.
For the best growth, the area where you are going to lay the sod should be watered the day before installation. Newly laid sod should receive about 0.02 inches of water every day. For about two weeks do a short watering once in the morning, and once in the afternoon. If the weather is really dry or hot, more water will be required. Roots should begin to develop between 10-14 days. Once roots are established you can reduce the frequency of irrigation.
Sod may take up to two years to fully mature and develop. Sod must be laid and taken care of properly in order to assure its’ survival throughout each season. If you have any doubts or questions we advise contacting the lawn care professionals at Lawn Tech.