Tip #5: Installing Sod

Sodding a lawn gives you instant finished results the moment you are done. It costs sigificantly more than seeding.

PREPARATION – Work the soil to obtain a smooth and uniform grade to accept the sod. Low spots may need to be filled in, high spots cut down and the soil raked smooth. The level of the soil needs to be low enough to account for the thickness of the sod. This is especially true where the sod meets a sidewalk or driveway. Starter fertilizer and Lime can be applied before installing the sod.


SOD TYPES – Sod is either primarily a Bluegrass mix or a Fescue/Rye/Bluegrass mix. All Bluegrass is a higher quality turf but requires a lot more water, fertilizer, and chemicals to maintain. A Fescue mix is not as fine textured but will hold up much better in a drought or under less maintainance.

INSTALLING – Have your preparation done before the sod arrives and install immediately upon delivery. The first strip of sod should be laid in a straight line. Stagger the joints in succeding rows like how bricks are laid. Each piece should lay flat and be butted tightly together. When sodding irregular areas the strips can be cut with a large knife or sharp straight shovel.

WATERING – Water immediately upon installing. Water at least once a day until rooted 7-10 days later. Taper off watering schedule to a normal pattern.

MOWING – Start mowing once well rooted 7-14 days after installing.