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How to Lay Sod

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Materials Needed to Lay Sod

1. Lawn sod (amount varies depending on size of lawn).

2. Rotary tiller (you can rent one very reasonably).

3. Sod roller (also available for rental).

4. Garden hose with sprayer attachment.

5. Rake.

6. Shovel.

7. Safety glasses.

8. Utility knife.

Steps to Laying Sod

1. Using the rotary tiller, clear the area where you will be installing the sod. Till the area until you expose fresh dirt. Make sure you wear your safety glasses.

2. After tilling, rake the soil to expose any sticks and clumps of old grass. Remove the grass and sticks with the shovel. Be diligent about removing the old grass. If you leave any live grass under the sod, it will die and rot and poison the roots of the new sod causing brown spots.

3. Using the hose with the sprayer attached, spray the area with water to moisten the soil. Laying sod down on dry dirt will cause the new sod to die.

4. Begin laying strips of sod. Offset the seams in each row as if you were laying bricks for a wall. Use the utility knife to trim the sod to navigate around a driveway, patio or landscape fixture. Use the utility knife to trim the sod much the same way you would it to trim carpet.

5. Keep the sod moist as you lay it, and hose it down after you're finished. Keep the seams tight. The seams will dry out faster than the center of the sod panels if they are left exposed.

6. Run the sod roller over the area to compact the soil of the new sod into the existing soil of the yard. Learn how to use a sod roller.

7. After the job is complete, make sure the sod gets watered regularly until it is established.

If you would prefer to hire a landscaping company to install your sod, we can help. Learn more about hiring local contractors and get a free cost estimate.

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