Fall is an excellent time to install sod. It is one of the best times of the year to promote root growth.  Even though the grass will begin to slow down it’s growth as it begins to go dormant, the roots are still growing below.  This time of enhanced root growth is ideal for establishing sod.



When installing new sod start with the soil.


The soil is the foundation for any new lawn. If the soil is poor, the grass will struggle to develop a deep root system and will continue to need more water.  Existing soil needs to be rototilled 4 to 6 inches deep.  Installing new sod on hard packed ground is like trying to grow grass on your driveway. Although possible, it is not entirely practical.


Add 3 to 4 yds of organic matter for every 1,000 square foot of area to be sodded and rototill into the soil. Incorporating organic matter into the soil will improve its water holding capacity and add vital nutrients.  Proper soil prep is the most important factor in establishing a new lawn.


Remove all rocks and debris from the area to be sodded and rake smooth eliminating all high and low spots.  A nice smooth surface, free of large clumps of dirt and rock, will prevent having a lumpy lawn.


Cut down the soil approximately 1 1/2 inches deep in all areas along walks and drives.  New sod can then be installed flush with the concrete.


Water the soil area until it is wet 2 to 3 inches deep.  Hot, dry, ground will absorb whatever moisture is left in the fresh cut sod very quickly.  This is best done 48 hours prior to sod installation leaving the soil firm enough to walk on yet still retaining some moisture.


Always install new sod the same day it is delivered.  


Sod is a highly perishable product and can dry out very quickly.  If it becomes dehydrated it is difficult to bring it back and could be lost.  If not ready to install, it is always best to wait and have it delivered the next day.


Begin laying new sod in a manner similar to bricks, horizontally staggering the rows.  Pull all seams tight, and be careful to not leave any gaps between the rolls with no overlapping.  Trim and cut rolls along walks and edging.



Begin watering immediately after the sod is laid.  


Initial watering should continue until the soil is wet 4 to 6 inches deep.  Schedule watering to keep the sod constantly wet.  This should continue for approximately 10 to 12 days or until the roots knit into the soil. Once the roots have knitted to the soil, water deeply every 2 to 4 days to develop a deep, healthy root system.