To install sod, first prep the area by removing weeds, tilling the earth and fertilizing. Unroll the rolls of sod onto the prepared ground, starting at alternating edges of the area. Press the seams together without overlapping, and use a lawn roller over the area to remove air pockets.Continue Reading
Remove weeds from the area to be planted with a metal shovel. Make sure to remove the entire root system.
Use a tiller to break up the soil in the lawn area.
Spread a high-phosphorus fertilizer and a soil conditioner or compost over the area. Till a second time to work the fertilizer into the ground.
Rake the area to be planted to smooth the soil, and remove large rocks. Use a lawn roller to smooth the area further.
Apply strips of sod starting on alternating edges of the area. Have the strips meet in the middle in a staggered pattern to avoid one long seam. This prevents weak areas from developing as the sod grows.
Use your hands to push the edges of strips together where they join. Do no overlap strips, but push firmly so that the seams are very tight.
Run a lawn roller over the entire yard to compress the sod and remove air pockets.