Q.  Can I install my own sod?

A.  Many homeowners install their own sod.

 

Q.  What is the best way to install sod?

A.  Lay the sod in a manner similar to laying bricks, only horizontally. Start with the longest and straightest edge, making sure to stagger each row and pull all edges tight together so there are no gaps.

 

Q.  How do I prevent gaps from appearing between the rolls in newly installed sod?

A.  Gaps can appear if the sod loses moisture after installation causing the rolls to shrink.  Gaps can be avoided if the new sod is kept constantly moist during the first couple of days.

 

Q.  If the sod turns yellow before I get it installed will it survive?  

A.  If you get it installed quickly and water promptly. It will need to produce new blade growth to appear green again.

 

Q.  How long do I need to stay off the new sod?

A.  It is best to wait a few weeks until the new sod has firmly rooted into the ground.

 

Q. Do I need to water it right away?

A. Immediately after the sod is installed begin watering all sodded areas.

 

Q. Can I install sod on a slope?  

A.  Yes. Start from the bottom of the slope and work your way up and if necessary use sod staples to stake the sod into the ground to prevent sliding.

 

Q.  Can I install sod during July and August?

A.  Sod can be installed any time during the summer.

 

Q.  How do I water my new sod?

 A.  Immediately after the sod is laid, begin watering all sodded areas. Schedule watering to assure the sod is constantly wet and water penetrates the soil 4 to 6 inches. This should continue for 10 to 12 days until the roots knit to the soil. The sod layer can easily dehydrate before roots are formed and severe damage can occurs to your new lawn. Foot printing and/or the grass blades turning a blue-gray color indicate your sod is under dehydration stress and should be watered.

 

Q.  What is the best way to trim sod to fit borders and curved areas?

A.  Cut the dirt side using a utility knife to match the border edges.

 

Q.  Is your sod inspected or certified?  

A.  All our fields are inspected by the Colorado Department of Agriculture on a yearly basis.

 

 Q.  Can I grow sod in shady areas?

 A.  Yes, but all sod needs a certain amount of sun each day. Thinning out tree limbs maybe necessary to allow enough sun to filter through.

 

 Q.  When should I first mow?  

A.  We recommend you mow your grass at about 2¼ inches high. If your grass needs mowing stop watering long enough to allow the ground to be firm enough to mow and then begin watering again after mowing. The first mowing of a newly laid sod should be after the sod has had time to knit with the soil.  During the rapid growing times it may be necessary to let the sod dry enough to permit mowing during the 10 to 12 days after installation.   The first few mowings should be done with a rotary mower diagonal to the way the sod is laid.  Since the length of the grass clippings maybe 1” to 1½” long, it is best to pick these up.

 

Q.  Can I use sod to patch dead or worn out areas of my lawn?  

A.  Cut out the old grass and patch in with new sod. Patched in areas will need extra water.

 

Q.  Can I over water my new sod?

A.  Yes. It is just as harmful as under watering.

 

Q.  Can I let my dogs out on the new sod?

 A.  It is best to keep dogs off your new sod for the first two weeks or until it becomes attached to the soil.

 

Q. What if it rains the night before and everything is muddy?

A.  It is best to postpone installation until the area has dried out.

 

Q.  Is it okay to overlap the edges of the rolls?

A.  No. All of the edges should be pulled tight but not overlapping.

 

Q.  I don't have a sprinkler system can I water new sod by hand?  

A.  Yes. We suggest you use a sprinkler head that keeps the water low to the ground and the area is limited to a size that can be watered in a day.

 

Q.  Is it beneficial to roll the sod after installation?  

A.  Rolling the sod after installation can help to level out high spots and help ensure proper contact with the soil.

 

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