step one: weed eradication
Recommended tools: square-point spade and/or sod cutting machine, plastic or stainless steel spray tank. (DO NOT use galvanized spray tanks.)
It is important to spray the lawn area with Remuda herbicide to kill perennial weeds before any ground work begins. Water and bring the weeds and vegetation to good health before spraying.
- Spray weeds with Remuda 41% concentrate at 5 oz/gal of water for 1360 sq.ft.
- Resume watering 3 days after application to keep weeds in good health. Repeat if new perennial weeds appear or if it rains within 24 hours after application. Wait 7-10 days to allow weeds to die.
- Remove dead vegetation with spade or sod-cutting machine.
step two: soil treatment
Recommended tools: rototiller, 36” grading rake, 14” steel rake.
Rototilling is not always recommended. If soil can be easily leveled, or if you have little run-off after 20-30 minutes of watering, it is a good sign that rototilling won’t be necessary; go to step 3.
- Water heavily 2-3 days before rototilling.
- Rototill soil to a depth of 6-8”, do not over rototill. Dirt clods the size of golf balls are beneficial for good drainage.
- Using the grading rake, distribute the soil evenly.
- Apply Gro-Power® soil conditioning fertilizer at the rate of 200 lbs/1000 sq.ft.
step three: final grading
Recommended tools: roller, 36” grading rake, 14” steel rake.
To compensate for the sod thickness and to provide a well-maintained appearance along the border, soil height at the perimeter should be 1” lower than the existing headerboards, bordering sidewalk, etc.
- To avoid standing water, the soil should be slightly crowned at the center of the lawn area.
- With a % full roller, roll the soil to firm up the surface.
- Use a grading rake to even out the low and high spots.
- Apply Gro-Power® soil conditioning fertilizer at the rate of 25 lbs/1000 sq.ft.
step four: installation
Recommended tools: sod knife, roller.
It is important that you unroll the sod on the same day as it was delivered. Water the sod as it is laid, keeping it moist at all times. Do not unroll the sod on hot, parched soil, as this will do irreparable damage to the sod.
- Lay sod in a brick pattern; staggering the end seams. Avoid using small or long, narrow pieces.
- The best cutting tool for sod is a sod cutting knife or a sharp linoleum knife. Roll the sodded surface with a 2/3 full roller to ensure good contact between the sod and soil.
Now pat yourself on the back!
Congrats on finishing the installation! Check out our follow-up section: Maintaining your Lawn