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How important is soil preparation?

Soil preparation is one of the most important factors in establishing a lawn. How well the soil holds water and allows the grass to develop its root systems is determined by the condition of the soil.

Is it necessary to rototill the soil?

Breaking up the soil will aid in air flow and allow nutrients to reach the roots. Grass grown on hard packed ground will use more water and be less drought resistant.

How deep should I rototill?

We recommend rototilling at least 4 inches deep.

Are soil amendments necessary?

Soil amendments, such as organics, are vital to improving the water holding capacities of the soil.

Can't I just roll out the new sod on the existing ground and water?

Unfortunately that is exactly what many developers did in the past. Sod that is installed on unprepared ground will develop a shallow root system and will use increasing amounts of water.

My yard is covered with weeds. What's the best way to get rid of them?

To completely eradicate them requires spraying them with chemicals such as Weed-Be-Gone.

Can I just rototill under the old sod when renovating an old lawn?

Rototilling under old sod will always leave a lumpy, uneven surface to place the new sod. It is always best to remove the old sod before any soil preparation is begun.

Should I kill the old sod before removing it?

To completely prevent any regrowth from roots that may be left after the old sod is taken out, it is necessary to kill the old sod with Roundup.

Where can I dispose of large quantities of stripped out sod?

This can sometimes be a problem, as not all landfills will take yard waste.

Is it necessary to remove all the weeds from the area before sodding?

To make sure the new sodded lawn is as weed free as possible and to start with a smooth level surface all weeds and existing plant material should be removed prior to sodding.

How smooth should the soil be before sod is placed on the ground?

The area to be sodded should be as raked as smooth as possible, careful to remove all low and high spots.

Should I water the existing soil before installing my new sod?

It is always good to have some existing moisture already in the soil before sodding, not too muddy, but firm enough to walk

Do you have rototillers for rent?

We do not supply rototillers or sod cutters. They can be rented at any local equipment rental store and at some home improvement warehouses.

Can we get organics delivered with our sod?

We do not stock organics for sale. Local landscape supply centers and garden centers will have them. 

Can I spread the organics on top of the ground and rake smooth?

Organics can be "hot" and actually burn up the roots of the new sod if not mixed into the existing soil.

Can I use several inches of topsoil instead of rototilling in organics?

It is always best to incorporate topsoil into the existing soil to prevent a layering effect where water becomes trapped between the new topsoil and the base soil.

Can I use fresh manure for soil amendment?

The problem with using manure is that has not been aged. Many of the weed seeds are still fertile and will sprout when you begin watering the new sod.

Is it okay to add sand to the soil to improve drainage?

In heavy clay soil like we have in many areas along the Front Range, adding some sand may help with drainage. But adding to much can turn the soil into an adobe like substance which will hinder drainage not improve it.