Sold in 9 ft. pieces.
Sod is the quickest way to repair bald spots. It comes in rolls about 3 m (9’) long and and is easily cut to fit. For larger areas, it’s more expensive than seed but it gives a beautiful lawn much more quickly.
Begin as soon as the soil is dry enough to work so the new grass can establish itself before the hot weather sets in. Remove all stones and construction materials from the site – buried wood will cause mushrooms to grow in your lawn. This will continue until the wood is completely decomposed which can take several years.
Slope the area gently away from the house and rake level. Grass grows best in well-drained soil. Make sure you have a 10 cm (4”) base of top-quality topsoil.
Need help calculating your soil and sod needs? Contact us with your square footage and we can help you determine how much you need.
Spread the soil over your lawn area and add McCain’s starter fertilizer 8-20-12 and pelletized lime according to the instructions on the bag. Rake the soil level.
Start laying the rolls of sod starting at the rear and working to the front so you don’t walk on the new sod. Make sure each strip is firmly butted up against the previous strip so there are no gaps. Fill a lawn roller one-third full with water (any more and it will be too heavy) and roll the whole sodded area to eliminate air pockets and to ensure the sod makes contact with the soil below.
Water for 3-4 hours. Lift a corner of the sod to make sure water has penetrated through the sod to the soil base below. Water every day for the next 2 weeks and keep moist during hot summer weather. Keep well-watered for 4-5 weeks but avoid making puddles.
Mow as needed. You should wait until it is about 3 – 3 1/2″ tall. Do not cut the new grass too short; only cut about 1/3 of the height. You may need to adjust your mower blades.
WATER IS KEY to growing any grass whether it’s from seed or sod.
A great looking lawn is possible when you have the right ingredients and advice. Check out our blog post “Grass 101” for more tips on planting, overseeding, fertilizing, and more.