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Have you been dreaming of a new lawn, but just could not afford the pricing of the landscape contractor's bids? Especially with the economy the way has been lately. Well here are a few steps that will help you make that dream come true, with a little help from family and friends.

For me and my experience on the installation of new sod, well lets just say...my back is wore out.

Step 1: Start with running a string line from property pin to property pin. If you have excisting sod or weeds you will need to spray the areas that you are intending to resod with weed killer. Make sure the weed killer is concentrated. Right along side of the string line you will want to cut through the grass with a shovel or machetie. This will eliminate your neighbors sod dieing out from the weed killer. Allow at least seven days so the weed killer will take its full afect. Also make sure that you do not spray the weed killer on a windy or rainy day.

Step 2: Now after at least seven days you will then need to take out all of the old sod or grass. Rent a rotor tiller or a bobcat so it will be easier to rake the old sod up into piles. Dispose of the old sod properly. Like taking it to the nearest vegetation dump. Hand rake excisting soil so that you will have a more consisting grade. Bring in topsoil if needed in the low areas so there will be no standing water in the future.

Step 3: After the grade is complete to your satisfaction then the new sod will need starter fertilizer to get the roots a jump start from prior cutting. At least use a 24-24-4 starter fertilizer ratio.

Step 4: When installing the new sod, wether it comes in rolls or squares install it running up and down any slopes that you may have. The reason for this is so if it comes a hard rain the water will not wash the sod down the slope. Make sure that all pieces of sod are as tight together as you can get them. If you do not, you will not have a smooth ride on the lawnmower the first time you cut the grass. Just in case that you do have gaps in the sod the first cut, then just some play sand in the areas that are lower than others.

Step 5: The new fresh sod after being installed will need plenty of water. If it is installed in the warmer seasons you will have to water it every day. First watering will be early in the morning, and the second time that same day will be at the hottest part of the day. Repeat this watering for at least seven days. Then after seven days you can just water early in the mornings. Just keep and eye on it and see if it is not turning brown or drying out. Do this for about fifteen days. Now you should be able to water when needed. Just make sure what your water restriction are in your area if you have any.

Always call your utilities before doing any ground disturbance. You can also get a soil test if you would like.


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Good article as a Green Keeper on a Golf course I can attest to the accuracy of this article. So few people know how to do this properly and wonder why it takes so long for their new grass to mature into a good lawn. The only place I differ is with your fertiliser. I like to apply a heavy cover of organic below the root to encourage micro organic activity and apply a good high potassium application to the surface. But then these change from area to area and grass type to grass type, so I am not saying your recommendation is incorrect, merely pointing out what I like to do.

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  about 1 decade ago

Yes Rob, there are a few different ways to recover and jump start the disturbed ( cut ) root system of the new sod. This one has been working for me for about 15 or more years. Still getting referalls! And after a year from installation for me, the sod will be feed on the surfcace. Thanks Rob

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  about 1 decade ago
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