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Sometimes knowing what not to do is more important than knowing what to do. A few extra steps will help turn that sod installation into a magnificent new lawn.

Here are 5 things NOT to do when installing sod.

#1. Buy poor quality sod.

Buying poor quality sod infested with weeds, insects, and disease will only bring those problems into your yard. Sod that is cut too soon without a good root system will require more water and have a difficult time establishing itself. The small amount of money saved buying cheap sod will be insignificant compared to years of frustration and added maintenance expenses that come with it. Inspect the sod you are buying before you buy it. Install only the highest quality sod; sod that is grown to maturity and grown from the highest quality seed.

#2. Roll it out and just add water.

Although sod does establish itself quickly, this will probably not get us  the results we want.  Laying new sod on poor soil will result in a lawn with a shallow root system needing increasing amounts of water and fertilizer. The single most important factor in establishing a beautiful lawn is proper soil prep. This means rototilling the soil 4 to 6 inches deep and adding organic matter. Taking the time to prepare the soil will result in a lawn that uses less water and takes less time to maintain.

#3. Forget to test the sprinkler system before installing new sod.

It's amazing how many times this happens. All the sod has been installed, everything looks perfect, only to find out the sprinkler system doesn't come on. The time to inspect and test the sprinkler system is Before the sod is installed. Test for leaks and check to make sure all areas are receiving adequate coverage. It's a lot easier to make repairs and adjustments before the sod has covered everything up.

#4. Install new sod on hot dry ground.

 Surface temperatures of bare soil can be extreme on a hot Summer day. With it's root system exposed, the newly harvested sod will be in need of moisture. The hot soil can suck out whatever moisture is still left in the grass plant when it is placed on the ground. It is best to wet the soil several inches deep 48 hours prior to the sod being installed.

This will insure there is enough moisture available for the new sod until watering can begin and still leave time for the soil surface to dry out enough to walk on.

#5. Don't make the sod wait.

Sod is a highly perishable product. Leaving the newly delivered sod sitting on pallets overnight or all day prior to installation is inviting disaster. When sod is harvested and placed on pallets for delivery it must then survive on moisture left in the plant.

Depending on the temperatures, it can dry out very quickly.  If left rolled up in the hot sun, the inside of the rolls will generate additional heat that can destroy the grass plant in a short time. Once the newly harvested sod has dried out, or been exposed to very high  temperatures it becomes very difficult to bring back.  Make sure all preparations are completed and everything is ready before the sod is delivered.

Knowing what not to do can make all the difference.  Avoid these 5 things and you will be on your way to having that beautiful new lawn to enjoy for many years to come.

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