Lay sod by preparing the soil, installing the turf and maintaining the lawn. The job is labor intensive, and time for completing the project depends on the size of the area you are sodding.
- Prepare the soil
If weeds are a problem, consider using a weed killer to eliminate them. Use a rototiller to loosen the top 4 to 6 inches of soil. Have the soil tested and add topsoil, peat or fertilizer as necessary to ensure proper growth of the grass. Fill a lawn roller one-third full with water and use it to compact the soil. Water the area to prepare for planting.
- Install the turf
Plan to start installation upon delivery of the turf. Take steps to ensure the rolls remain moist until installation by placing them in a shaded area and watering as necessary. Unroll the turf to cover the area. Use the lawn roller to eliminate any air pockets.
- Maintain the grass
Begin watering the turf within 30 minutes of installation. Water the lawn daily for the first two weeks and then less frequently to encourage the roots to grow deeper. Mow the grass regularly, removing no more than one-third of the length with each mowing. Avoid heavy use of the lawn until it is well established.