Sod in Raleigh NC: It’s that time of year again, the following steps will help you properly prepare sod for your Raleigh lawn.

Step 1: Read the Tips

Before digging in your yard with power equipment, call your utilities company to locate and mark underground lines. Regional factors such as soil type and conditions determine the type of sod to use and the proper process to employ. For questions about sod, be sure to contact Lindsay Lawn and Landscaping. You can also call Lindsay Lawn and Landscaping to help you determine the best way to install sod for your Raleigh, NC lawn.

Sod in Raleigh NC | Things to consider

  • Some soil yards or garden centers gladly accept old soil/turf.
  • The prep used for sod laying is exactly the same as prepping for seeding.
  • Healthy grass lawns choke out weed growth. If maintained properly, herbicides and harmful chemicals won’t be necessary.

Step 2: Remove the Old Sod in Raleigh NC states, If your lawn is really small, shovels and a mattock may do the trick. Otherwise, rent a sod-cutter to shave off the top grass evenly and a rototiller to create optimum soil.

Get rid of the old turf debris. Use shovels and garden rakes to remove what the sod-cutter can’t reach. Hopefully the old turf rolls up, but may have to come out in chunks. Use a wheelbarrow to haul it out of your way.

Do not simply till old turf in with the underlying soil. This can lead to a number of future lawn problems such as fungus growth and it makes it harder to grade the soil.

Removing old sod can be tricky. Be sure to keep Lindsay Lawns in mind when removing your old sod. We can come out and help you remove old sod and install the new sod in Raleigh NC!

Step 3: Add New Soil and Grade

Level the exposed soil using rakes. If the soil is very uneven, consider backfilling low areas and leveling the area with a water drum roller.  Once the area is level, add amendments in the form of compost. Evenly spread about 1/4 inch thick over the graded soil. Avoid leaving big piles of compost. Use the rototiller to combine the soil and compost to get a healthy mix. Go to a depth of four to six inches.

Use the garden rake to grade the soil. Comb out any rocks, clods and debris. Try to grade soil about one inch lower than surrounding concrete driveways, sidewalks, and landscape edging so that the installed sod will be flush when installed.

Step 4: Lay the First Row of New Sod

Now you’re ready to lay sod. Rake out your own footprints as you go and avoid standing on fresh sod. Start with the border edges that run against concrete or landscaping. Make sure to tuck the edges tightly.

Step 5: Determine the Direction

With the perimeter sod in place, determine the direction to roll the interior sod by identifying the general slope of the yard. Run the lengths of sod across the slope to minimize erosion and moisture loss. If possible, run sod along the longest dimension of the lawn, this makes for a faster install.

Step 6: Lay Sod in a Brick Pattern

After lying the first interior roll, cut the second roll in half using a linoleum knife. Cutting on the dirt side of the roll will give you a straight, clean cut. Stagger the end seams to create a brick pattern. Offset end seams at least 18 inches for aesthetics. Lay one half and set aside the other for a later row. Continue laying the sod in this manner making sure to butt all seams tightly, almost folding them into each other. Pound the sod into place with your hand if necessary.

Step 7: Take Care of New Sod

Water your sod three times daily until it takes root. Shorter, more frequent daily watering is more efficient than one long soaking. Don’t be afraid to occasionally pull up a corner of the sod to inspect how roots are coming along.

Sod installation can be an easy but tricky project for your Raleigh lawn. Taking it on, alone is the trickiest part of all. Be sure to have a friend or family member there to help. You can also call on Lindsay Lawns to get you out of a project disaster, should it happen!

Lindsay Lawns strives to provide the best lawn care options in Raleigh NC. Sod installation is no exception. Please visit our website here for information as to how we can help your Raleigh lawn grow this summer.


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