Step 1: Measuring and Ordering
With a tape, measure the area of your planned lawn. Include these measurements on a sketch of the lawn area, with the length, width, and any unusual features. Call with these measurements and we can help you to determine the total square footage. Schedule your order for delivery or pickup of turf-sod after preparatory work is completed and you are ready to install. Prompt installation on the day of delivery is crucual for your lawn.
Step 2: Soil Preperation
For best results, rototill or spade the areas to a deptch of 1.5 to 2 inches where you intent to install sod. Eliminate drainage problems by having soil slope away from foundations, etc. Keep the grade 0.5 inches below sidewalks and driveway. Apply a well-balanced starter fertilizer (16-8-8 spring, fall & winter or Milorganite 6-2-0 summer) on the ground before sod installation.
Step 3: Turf-Sod Installation
Install your lawn immediately upon delivery. Begin watering the lawn within 30 minutes of installation. Turf-sod is a living plant that requires ground contact and moisture to survive! Begin installing turf along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk. Butt and push edges and ends against each other tightly, without stretching. Avoid gaps and overlaps. Stagger the joints in each row in a brick-like fashion, using a large sharp knife to trim corners, etc. Avoid leaving small strips as outer edges as they will not retain moisture. On slopes, place the turf pieces across the slope.
Step 4: Watering
Give your new lawn at least 1 inch of water within 1/2 hour of installation. Water frequently, depending on weather, keeping turf moist until it is firmly rooted (8-10 days). Typically, mowing your new yard can take place around the 10th through 14th day. After the turf has rooted a deeper, less frequent, watering program should be established to ensure a deep root system.