Originally Posted by Lopes Lawn Care
I've never worked with sod before. What type of prep do you do before you lay it down? Besides removing the old grass of coarse.
Well I suppose it depends on the area. This one was basically a grub infestation.
The best I could do was replace the grass, and have my client get someone to spray the new sod to protect it.
All you do is buy rolls of sod, and unroll it on the lawn, sometimes you might have to use a 'roller' to flatten it out, but I don't really think its necessary. Then just add loads of water, give it a good soaking
I guess for a perfect job, you can put down a nice layer of fresh soil before rolling out the sod.
(I could have had the base sprayed for grubs before putting the sod down, but I can't wait around for that to happen - we'll just have to wait and see what happens.)
Tomorrow I have to put in some more sod, then put some topsoil in between where the sod pieces connect to each other, then I should be good to go! (also, it's easy to cut sod if you were wondering.)
Other facts from experience. Sod takes a good month before you can mow it without really any risk. However, it takes a full 1 year- 2 years for it to really become settled. After one year, the sod can sometimes still roll up, especially with this season we've had LOL.
Just use your trimmer if you don't like being risky, or cut at 4-4.5 inches. Tractors will suck the sod right up if you cut below that height, which can be a disaster.
ALSO, sod it relatively inexpensive. Sometimes it can be cheaper than seed & fert!
1 roll here is only $3.50 (before my contractor discount