Sod Installation Guide

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Step 1

Prepare the Ground

Prepare the soil by rototilling to a depth of 4-6 inches. Establish your final grade by raking and leveling the soil. To help eliminate drainage problems, slope the soil away from foundations. Grade soil to 1 inch below sidewalks, driveways and patios to privide a smooth transition onto the new lawn.

Use a lawn roller, or drag, to firm the soil grade. Apply Oregon Turf’s “Starter Fertilizer”* 10 lbs per 100 square feet on lawn area. Lightly work into soil with a rake.

* Starter Fertilizer can be delivered with your sod, and is made up of 87% granular lime and 13% fertilizer (16-16-16).

Step 2

Installing Your New Sod

Important: Sod must be installed the day of delivery. Please make sure that your ground is prepared prior to the arrival of your sod.

Begin installing the sod along the longest straight line, such as a sidewalk or driveway. If you don’t have a straight edge to work with, stretch out a string to create a nice starting edge. Place the sod slabs against each other tightly. Avoid gaps or overlapping the sod pieces.

Stagger the seams the way you would if you were building a brick wall. Using a “sod knife” or sharp utility knife, cut the outside of the lawn to the desired shape.

Step 3

Watering Needs

Always use a sprinkler or irrigation system. Do not water by hand. Water your lawn daily for the first 2 weeks to prevent dehydration. It may be necessary to water twice a day on hot or windy days. After the first 2 weeks your new lawn will need approximately 1 - 2.5 inches of water per week during the summer months. Deep watering 2-3 times a week is recommended to promote deep root growth. Lightly watering merely dampens the surface and does not encourage healthy root growth. Early morning watering is best so that the grass blades dry off quickly, which helps prevent disease. 

Step 4

Mowing Your New Yard

Mowing can be done 2 weeks after installation. Never remove more than 1/3 of the existing grass blade at any one time. The recommended mowing height is 1.5 to 2.5 inches for RYEGRASS and 2 to 3 inches for FESCUE. Leave the lawn height taller in the summer to help relieve heat stress, then bring the height back down in late fall.

Step 5

Providing Enough Food

Most lawns require fertilizer every 4-6 weeks April-October. Always follow the manufacturers directions. Use a rotary or drop spreader to evenly spread the fertilizer across the lawn - never apply fertilizer by hand. Fertilizer burns can result when excess fertilizer applied. Water your lawn immediately after applying the fertilizer. Using a slow-release lawn fertilizer will also help prevent burning.

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