STEP 1: Measuring & Ordering
With a tape, measure the area of your planned
lawn. Include these measurements on a sketch of the lawn area,
with the length, width, and any unusual features. One of our
turfgrass specialists will be happy to determine the amount of turfgrass sod you
will need from your sketch.
Schedule your order for delivery
of turf after preparatory work is completed and you are ready to
install. Prompt installation on the day of delivery is crucial to
a strong beginning for your lawn.
best results, rototill or spade the area to a depth of 10 to 15
cm. (4 to 6 in.). Eliminate drainage problems by having soil
slope away from foundations, etc.
Soil test your lawn area with the
assistance of qualified service in your area. Then rake in
fertilizer, lime, peat, compost, etc. as needed to a depth of 7
to 10 cm. (3 to 4 in.). Rake and smooth the soil removing rocks,
roots, and large clods. Roll the area lightly with a lawn roller
1/3 full of water. This will firm the soil surface and reveal low
areas that need more soil. Keep the grade 2 to 3 cm. (I in.)
below sidewalks or driveway.
the prepared area to settle soil and provide a moist base for
turf. Moistening to a depth of 15 cm. (6 in.) is recommended for
your lawn immediately upon delivery. Begin watering lawn within
30 minutes of installation. Turf is a living plant that requires
ground contact and moisture to survive!
In hot weather, protect unlaid
turf by placing stacks in shade, covering with moist burlap
sacking, and/or sprinkling.
Begin installing turf along the
longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk. Butt and
push edges and ends against each other tightly, without
stretching. Avoid gaps or overlaps. Stagger the joints in each
row in a brick-like fashion, using a large sharp knife to trim
corners, etc. Avoid leaving small strips at outer edges as they
will not retain moisture. On slopes, place the turf pieces across
avoid causing indentations or air pockets avoid repeated walking
or kneeling on the turf while it is being installed or just after
After installing the turf, roll
the entire area to improve turf/soil contact and remove air
your new lawn at least 2 to 3 cm. (I in.) of water within 1/2
hour of installation. Water daily or more often, keeping turf
moist until it is firmly rooted (about 2 weeks). Then less
frequent and deeper watering should begin. Weather conditions
will dictate the amount and frequency of watering. Be certain
that your new lawn has enough moisture to survive hot, dry, or
windy periods. Water areas near buildings more often where
reflected heat dries the turf.
new sod lawn increases your property value significantly. with
proper care, it will remain a great asset, providing beauty, a
clean playing surface, and an improved environment.
Mow often, generally removing no
more than 1/2 of the grass height at a mowing. Keep your mower
blade sharp. Follow local mowing recommendations for your
type of lawn.
Fertilizer and chemical
applications will depend on climate, sod type, soil, insects,
weed and disease conditions.
For fertilizer and maintenance
requirements, consult Sandhill Turf or your local landscape