Instructions for Your New Sod

Before Sodding

  • Measure length x width of area then divide by 10 (sod rolls are generally 10 square feet, 2’ x 5’). Order extra if there will be some waste from cutting.
  • All old turf and excess debris must be removed.
  • Turn the soil to a depth of about 4 inches. You can use a spade, plow or rototiller.
  • Grade the area, either by power equipment or by hand raking.
  • Fill the low areas with topsoil. It’s best to have gradual contour. Grade should be about 1 inch below sidewalks to allow for thickness of the sod.
  • Apply a starter fertilizer to the soil. A 10-10-10 or 12-12-12 mix.



Sod Installation

  • Sod must be laid immediately upon arrival.
  • Start at the property line or along the driveway or sidewalk.
  • Roll it out and stagger the joints like rows of bricks. Make sure the joints are butted together not overlapping. You can cut the sod with a serrated knife.
  • You can roll the lawn with a light roller before you water. Never roll after watering.
  • Water the sod immediately after installation with a penetration of about 6 inches. Sod must be kept watered until fully rooted. DO NOT LET IT DRY OUT.


Sod Maintenance

  • Watering
    Water once per week after sod has fully rooted. Do not give frequent light sprinkles as this will lead to shallow root growth.
  • Mowing
    Mowing can be done after the roots have taken. For best results, never cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time. Keep the grass blade height to 2”- 2 ½”. Make sure the mower blades are sharp. During faster growing periods you may need to increase the frequency of your mowing.
  • Feeding
    To insure that the turf stays healthy you must feed with a high quality fertilizer every 6 weeks. Follow manufacturer’s directions.