Install Sod

  1. PREPARE SOIL – Remove rocks, weeds and debris. Rototill moist soil to a depth of six inches. Work in soil amendments as recommended.
  2. GRADE – Carefully rake all surfaces until smooth and remove remaining debris. Soil grade should be ¾ inch below patios, driveways and walks.
  3. IRRIGATION – Install a proper irrigation system at this time. Watering is the most critical factor in the success of a lawn.
  4. ROLL, RAKE & FERTILIZE – Re-grade the area and roll the soil so it can settle and make the surface firm. Fine rake the area and scatter Valley Sod Pre-Plant Fertilizer evenly at the rate of one pound per 100 square feet. Rake in lightly.
  5. LAY SOD IMMEDIATELY – Upon arrival, begin laying sod along a straight line (use string line if necessary). Stagger each new row much like laying bricks. Butt end tightly and do not overlap edges. Cut sod with a sharp knife to fit irregular shapes, edges and sprinkler heads.
  6. WATER – DO NOT LAY WHOLE LAWN BEFORE WATERING. After approximately every 200 square feet, water sod lightly to prevent wilting. The warmer the weather, the greater the need to water.
  7. ROLL LAWN – After sod is completely installed, roll lightly to form good contact between sod and soil. To avoid roller marks, do not use heavy roller or water excessively.
  8. WATER THOROUGHLY – Water the lawn completely. Keep the new sod layer constantly moist for the first week to 10 days, until rooted. During this period, animals and foot traffic should be avoided. After sod is established, slowly decrease frequency and increase the amount of water per application to promote deeper rooting. Mowing should begin 10 days after installation.