Installation

Install sod immediately upon delivery.

Begin by laying the strips from the edge of your prepared area. Stagger end seams as in bricklaying. Keep snug against each other but not overlapping. A sharp knife makes clean cuts for a perfect fit. Roll lawn with a half filled roller to ensure good root contact. A good rule of thumb is to water 1 inch immediately. Water until 1 inch has accumulated in a flat container. This amount of water generally is what it takes to moisten your soil to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. (Keep in mind that as the weather changes, so may the amount of water needed.) Avoid heavy use of lawn for first 2 to 3 weeks. Apply a starter fertilizer on top of your sod prior to watering.

Watering

Water - Water - Water. Keep lawn damp for 2 weeks. It is very important to water new lawn frequently enough to keep it moist at all times, especially on hot and windy days. Once the sod has knit, it should be watered enough over the first few months to maintain a healthy growing condition. After the turf is well established it should be watered deeply at 7 day intervals during periods of no rainfall. You should water during daylight hours, but not in the heat of the day. Late evening watering during hot weather may create fungus problems.

Mowing

In approximately 7 to 10 days from time of installation, mow 1/3 height from ground level with a sharp mower. The first mow should not be attempted until sod is firmly rooted and secure in place.

Download a complete guide to measuring, preparing, installing and maintaining your sod.