Before laying sod, you must know how to transport it. You can carry small amounts yourself, but sod is typically delivered by truck. The delivery truck must unload its pallets near the place where you intend to lay it. A driveway will not sustain sod sitting on a pallet. You can also rent a trailer and unload sod in that location. Just remember to bring a suitable trailer or car. In general, you can purchase sod at a home improvement store or garden center.
Watering freshly laid sod
The first step in watering newly laid sod is to make sure the soil beneath it is saturated. If the soil is heavy clay, you may need to water the area to the point where it runs. Lighter soil, on the other hand, should be watered to a depth of three to four inches. Digging down and peeling back a few pieces of sod will show you if the soil has become too dry. If it is, rewater the area several times to ensure complete penetration.
Ideally, you should begin watering freshly laid sod as soon as possible. The sod should receive a good watering two to three times a day, for approximately fifteen minutes each time. The watering should continue through the first two days, but you should discontinue heavy watering around the third week and move to a normal watering schedule. If you are not comfortable with the amount of watering required, you can gradually cut back to one watering per day or every other day.
One of the first steps in laying sod is to break up clumps of soil. The soil should be loose, but not so loose that it will compact. This will ensure that the new sod will bond well with the soil and won’t get tangled or sloppy. After leveling the sod, make sure to trim it at least 1/4 inch from the edge. If the sod is too thick or long, it will stick out.
After you’ve finished laying sod, you’ll want to water it well. Make sure to water it thoroughly to ensure that the soil beneath is saturated. Water three to five times a day, at least, for the first couple of weeks. Make sure to water the sod deeply, at least four to six inches deep, to keep the soil damp and spongy. Watering is especially important in hotter months.
Staggering ends of sod rolls
To lay sod on a slope, you need to stagger the ends of sod rolls so that the joints don’t overlap. You also need to keep the soil at the edges of the rolls from drying out and creating rows of joints. The first roll you lay should be laid in a straight line, while the following rolls should be laid in brick work patterns with staggered ends. If you don’t have a carpet knife, purchase one from the office or home improvement store.
To stagger the ends of sod rolls, lay them a few inches apart from each other. If they line up, it will look like a brick garden. If the sod in the first row sits lower than the sod in the following row, simply raise it with topsoil. If the edges of the sod roll do overlap, cut them off with a sharp knife in the center.
When you buy sod for laying, you should be aware of what’s involved. First, you should ensure that the ground you are working with is flat, firm and level. The soil should be about one inch below the level of any paved surfaces. The soil should also be sufficiently moist. After a few hours on the pallet, sod will begin to die. When laying sod, be sure to place it on the longest straight edge of the lawn. This can be the fence line, road, garden bed, etc.
If you have a vehicle and can move small amounts of sod yourself, you can transport them yourself. However, it’s more likely that you’ll have to hire a delivery truck to bring your sod to the site where you’ll be laying it. Sod doesn’t survive if it’s sitting on a truck in your driveway. It’s better to purchase sod that is available in smaller quantities to avoid such hassles.