In the age of instant gratification, turf grass sod provides the “instant lawn.” Sod is to grass
seed what pop tarts are to breakfast. Homeowners who want to have instant green grass by tomorrow should consider
Blue Wave™ bluegrass or Heat Wave™ fescue sod instead of grass seed.
established homes, sod is an excellent choice
for certain problem areas. Small patches around the driveway or patio that have been damaged over the winter months
are easily repaired with sod. Garden patches or flower beds that are being replaced or redesigned will be immediately
transformed into lawn. In areas where washouts and erosion are problematic, sod is your natural choice.
the house, in front of gutter downspouts
or on slopes where grass seed will be washed away, sod is the problem solver. Dog runs, play grounds, tire tracks,
gasoline or fertilizer burns, all are common problems for which sod is the answer.
Guide to Instant Sod Lawn: GREEN SIDE UP!
1. Grading: Sod
should be installed on smooth, even ground. The ground should be bare, firm and free of rocks. Once the soil is smooth and
level, apply gypsum to the bare soil (40 lbs per 1,000 sqft).
2. Installing: The rolls should be placed tightly together with the seams staggered. The outermost edges of the
sod should not be exposed, cover them with soil or place them at ground level. Anchor with sod staples on steep slopes.
Fertilizing: Your new sod must be fertilized at installation. In
March - June apply Loveland GOLF COURSE STARTER or RENOVATOR at time of installation. Two weeks
later, apply PREVENT! crabgrass pre-emergent
over the top of new sod. PREVENT! will fertilize
while suppressing ugly summer weeds like crabgrass and foxtail in the seams and cracks between the rolls. In July - February apply Loveland GOLF COURSE STARTER fertilizer or RENOVATOR. Re-apply 4 weeks later.
4. Watering Fresh Sod: The most important step in any successful sod job. Fresh sod must be watered
at once and kept wet for two to three weeks. Homeowners should plan to water sod at least twice a day for one hour
at a setting during the hottest part of the day.
5. How much water is enough? Sod should be spongy wet to the degree you could not walk on it with barefeet
without it squishing between your toes. Too much water will never be an issue for sod in the first two weeks. On hot windy
days, sod can dry out in less than one hour. When temperatures are above 80º after installation, sod must be kept continually
wet for the first month.
6. Mowing: After
installation the grass blades will be horizontal. With proper watering, in 10 to 14 days, your sod will begin to stand
up. Mow sod as often as needed with a sharp blade and your mower on the highest setting during a time the sod is
moist, yet firm to walk on. Water sod immediately after mowing.
A few more tips:
- Sod is guaranteed to die, unless you water for the 1st hour.
- In warm spring weather, sod begins to heat up in the roll as soon as it is cut.
The better the sod, the sooner it begins to heat up. Sod that cannot be installed promptly should be unrolled
in the shade and watered until the project is ready to start.