The area where you are preparing to lay sod should be bare soil that is free of debris including weeds, or large rocks. Small rocks or scattered gravel is OK.
Spray existing weeds or grass with Round Up week killer and wait at least 7 days before tilling or scraping. If noxious weeds like Morning glory, White top, and Quack grass are not killed out, They may grow up through your new sod.
Make sure any back-filled trenches or holes are well settled. These areas will likely sink over time if not properly compacted and settled.
Your sprinkler heads should be no more than 1-2" above the surface of the grade.
We recommend at least 4" to 6" of screened topsoil be spread evenly on the ground before sod is laid down. Using a wide landscaping rake, make your final grade as level as you want it, and approximately 1 inch below the level of your sidewalks, curbs and other borders.
The sod can be laid on the the natural soils (though not recommended), but additional fertilizing may be required for the first two or three years for satisfactory results.
We do not recommend a high content of wood chips or bark mixed into the soil. As the wood decomposes, it uses up much of the nitrogen in the soil and may turn your new grass yellow.
For the best results, we recommend installing a good automated sprinkler system in the ground before laying down sod for consistent and even water coverage. If you choose to water your new sod with a manual above-ground sprinkler attached to a hose, it's up to you to provide consistent and even coverage.
To measure for sod, simply break up the areas needing sod into squares or rectangles (front yard, park strip, side yard, back yard for example) and measure the length and width of each squared off section and multiply to get the square footage. Then add each section together to get a total square footage. Curved edges or round areas are harder to measure. Make imaginary straight edges, and corners the best you can and measure length x width to get an estimate on them. Under order on round or curved areas. If you need a few more rolls of sod to finish up, just call and and come on over and pick it up. That is easy to do because we are local!
Fertilizer may be applied on the ground before the sod is laid down but we prefer to apply it on top of the new sod after it is installed.
If you have additional questions or would like someone to come look at your site, call the office at 435-882-2890