3 Tips for Installing New Sod in Your Yard

Posted on: 4 November 2016

Purchasing rolls of sod from a garden store is by far the quickest and most effective way to get your lawn looking lush and green. Yet if you want those results to last, it's important to know a few key things about installing sod. If you have plans to resod your lawn, read on. This article will discuss three valuable strategies for ensuring a long-lasting result.

Start by killing weeds.

For many, the first step in re-sodding a lawn is to jump right in and begin tilling the yard. Unfortunately, this strategy often leads to the infiltration of your new lawn by nasty weeds. That's because, even when thoroughly tilled under, the seeds from weeds currently in your yard will eventually struggle their way toward the surface and start to proliferate anew. Never underestimate the tenacity of a weed.

For this reason, it is a good idea to begin by de-weeding your current lawn. Those who don't mind the work or are naturally drawn toward the environmentally friendly option may elect to pursue this job the old fashioned way—that is, down on their knees with a weeding hoe. Others may opt to simply spray existing weeds with a potent herbicide.

Rent a powered rototiller.

Tilling up your existing yard is where the real manual labor comes in. While you can successfully install new sod using a simple garden tiller, it is possible to make this task much less exhausting by instead renting a powered tiller. Here bigger means better, since you'll be able to till the yard that much quicker. For the best results, try to find a tiller in with a power rating around 8 hp.

Start laying sod along the longest straight edge.

At first glance, laying sod appears like a fairly straightforward task. All you have to do is carefully unroll the strips of bundled turf across your lawn. Yet unless your first row of sod is laid straight enough, by the end, you may find your work taking on an alarming slant. The resulting gaps can make it hard to get your lawn evenly covered.

The best way to ensure consistent results is to start unrolling your first row of sod along the longest straight edge of your yard. Fences often provide a helpful guideline and a good place to start. Smooth out the sod as you go so that there are not any loose or wrinkled portions.

For professional help, consult a company such as Metro Sod & Seeding Inc.