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Sodding Your Lawn the Right Way

The method of laying sod in a garden can be a labor intensive, time consuming task that can be avoided by simply hiring professionals for sod installation. Sodding your lawn is an important part of establishing a healthy landscape and the wrong sod can ruin even the best laid plans. If you’re planning on laying sod at your home there are a few things you should do before the job gets started.

The first thing you should do is talk to a friend or neighbor that has experience with sod laying. This person can give you some insight into what type of tools you need as well as tips on what kind of grasses work best with which climate and conditions. Before you get started, make sure that you have the proper equipment and supplies that will be needed for the job.

Once you have gathered the necessary tools and supplies, it’s time to start the process. It is important to have a measuring tape, rake, spade, level, sod cutter and an estimate of how much the entire project will cost you. When looking for a sod installation professional to make sure that they have the experience required for the job. Ask for references and check with local business associations for any customer satisfaction survey results. Ask the contractor if they have the credentials and licenses required for their job.

Before your contractor begins laying the new sod, you should prepare the area where it is going to be installed. Clear away any grass and weeds and create an even and flat surface. You should also prepare the soil by adding compost, bone meal and vermiculite. If you plan to have the lawn tractor or seeder used you should have all of the materials ready and waiting for it. Contact your sod installation company before the actual installation begins and make sure that everything is ready to go.

Most sod installation companies will recommend a month before the new sod goes up that you have a pH test done, a phosphorous test and a soil testing sample. These three things combined are used to determine the health of your soil and your plants’ roots. If you have a good balance of phyto-nutrients your plants will thrive and if you have too much Phosphorous your crops won’t grow as large or healthy. The main concern with a Phosphorous deficiency is that the roots can’t absorb the nutrients from the soil. The starter hole should be dug a little bit deeper than the roots and the fertilizer applied just before the first frost.

As far as when to install sod is concerned, the experts say that the best time is in the spring. This is true for both annuals and perennials. For warm areas like the Pacific Northwest it is best to plant them as early in the spring as possible. On the other hand, cool areas such as the Midwest and northern parts of the Eastern Seaboard should be planted as late as the fall. In warmer areas such as the Southern states the best time to plant grass is sometime in May.

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