The first step for you to do before you lay sod, is to make sure that you get rid of everything that is existing in your lawn that you don’t want to be there. You can do this by spraying your lawn with Roundup and allow the grass to die. Then you can use a power rake to remove the dead grass, then proceed on grading it so that it is level. Once it is level, you can lay down your sod.
When you’re learning how to lay sod, the best place to start is on the edges. Find a straight edge on your lawn and lay your sod from there. Make sure that you butt up the ends against each other so that there are no empty gaps. In addition, you want to stagger the sod that you’re installing row by row, so that it kind of resembles a brick-like pattern when you’re finished.
If you try to lay and cut as you go, it is going to take you more time to install it. The easiest way to do this is to simply lay down all of your sod first, and then after you are done, go back and cut and trim the edges so that they all look nice. After you are done installing your sod, you want to roll it with a sod roller. By rolling it with a roller, you will make sure that all of the surface of the sod underneath comes into contact with the dirt, and it is going to be a lot more likely to grow and come in.
The next thing you need to do is make sure to water regularly. Watering is so important, because the sod doesn’t have hardly any roots left on it. If you forget to water and the sod dries out, the grass will die. I recommend that you water at least twice a day. If you’re unsure of whether or not your sod needs more water, turn over one of your sod pieces and check. If it is dry, then it needs to be watered. The sod needs to remain wet or at least moist for the first three weeks.
Keeping your sod wet for the first three weeks will help it to become established. During this time frame, try not to walk too much on your lawn, you should keep kids and pets off of your grass so that it doesn’t move around while it is growing. Also make sure to add a booster or starter fertilizer to your grass so that you can strengthen the roots and help the roots to develop more quickly.