Soil Preparation

Kill weeds and grasses with a recommended herbicide: remove rocks and debris: rototill to a depth of 3 to 5 inches.


Work the soil, then level and smooth with a rake.If soil seems loose, rolling may be done to firm soil before installing the sod. Final grade should be 1 inch below walkways and driveways. Water soil lightly just before installing sod.

Sod Installation

Begin to install your sod immediately after delivery. Start laying your sod along a straight edge such as a walkway or driveway. Butt joints tightly together but do not overlap. Stagger joints similar to rows of bricks.Use a sharp knife to cut and shape sod around curves, trees and borders.

Water Is Critical

Start watering within 30 minutes, even if all the sod isn't installed yet to prevent wilting and drying. Never let the sod dry out. Completely water your new sod to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. Keep your new lawn moist but not soggy during the first 7 to10 days after installation. Do not let water pond. Early morning waterings are the best.