Have you made your decision on sod for your new lawn? Are you prepared to enjoy a fresh lawn this summer? The good news is that sod may be laid at any time of year, even in the summer heat. This summer sod installation guide will assist you in achieving the finest outcomes possible.
The general consensus is that sod should be installed in the fall. If you need sod right now to control erosion, arrange your property for sale, or accommodate children and pets, take a few measures and even consult a New Jersey professional. August is often considered planting season. These five rules are critical for summer sod installation success.
1. Get Your Yard Ready
Follow the soil preparation instructions provided by your sod supplier. Test your soil at least one month before installation to allow for any necessary pH, potassium, or phosphorus adjustments.
Control perennial weeds with a pre-emergent herbicide like Glyphosate, which will not affect your new grass, once you’ve modified your topsoil with the correct nutrients. Remove any big stones, sticks, or other debris from your soil and smooth it to the right slope, or grade.
2. Water and Smooth
Do a final grading and a thorough watering to saturate your ground a day or two before delivery. On the day your sod is delivered, water it gently one more. Water when the ground is moist rather than a muddy field or soggy puddle.
3. Keep an eye on the temperature.
The temperature of the sod must never exceed 130 degrees Fahrenheit. This may harm the roots and may result in the death of your grass plants. Keeping your ground damp will assist to keep the soil from heating up past this point.
Your sod is delivered in rolls on pallets, similar to carpet strips. These sod heaps may also reach temperatures above 130 degrees. To minimize overheating, immediately remove sod from shipping pallets.
Check on your sod every several hours between delivery and installation. If your sod begins to heat up or the edges begin to dry, unroll those pieces and soak them in water.
4. Prepare the Sod
Your sod carpet has just been harvested and is ready to take root in your yard. The sod was watered by your turf farm. What are your options now? To avoid sod discomfort and dryness, follow these guidelines:
- Roll out the sod sections and lay them down in a brick pattern.
- Start with the edges and limits, such as sidewalks and fences.
- Lay sod strips from the bottom to the top of slopes.
- Butt ends together securely, but don’t overlap parts.
- Fill up any bare spots with dirt.
- As you work, softly water the completed areas.
With these pointers in mind, your new sod should get off to a good start.
5. Maintaining Your New Lawn
For the first 10 days, or until new roots begin to grow, water new sod every morning and evening. This procedure is aided by an automated, subterranean irrigation system. If you don’t have one, make sure you’re being consistent. During dry conditions, do not skip even one watering session.
Begin monitoring for root development after the first week. Lift a corner of your sod to inspect the roots. You’ll want to look for white roots rather than dark ones. New growth is indicated by white roots. After around 10 days, you should see them.
You may change your watering maintenance routine whenever you observe white roots, gradually extending the duration between waterings. Remember, there’s new sod in the yard.