If you’re seeking a yard care project that can increase the value and aesthetic appeal of your house, sod installation may be for you. The grass is the first thing that people see when they look at your property, therefore sod is a great investment for maintaining the appearance of your landscaping. Spring is the ideal season to install sod since cool weather and sporadic precipitation are ideal for promoting rapid germination.
DO comprehend why sod is necessary in the first place
Turf can deteriorate for a variety of reasons, including excessive shade, irrigation problems, and insect infestation. Having this knowledge could prevent you from having to replace your lawn twice. Prior to establishing your new grass, JMC Landscaping may detect any cultural issues that need to be addressed.
DO perform precise measurements
Using sod to cover a lawn may be an expensive endeavor, so collecting precise measurements at the beginning of the process is essential for keeping expenses as low as possible. A reputable landscaper will be able to provide you with guidance on the best sod for your lawn and accurate space measurement techniques.
DO amend the soil
In order to put the sod as soon as it arrives, it is essential to prepare the soil beforehand. Start by removing any debris from the area, such as rocks, roots, and branches. Then, do a soil test to ensure that the pH level is between 6 and 7.5. If necessary, a nutrient-rich basis can be added. Using a rake or rototiller, the dirt must be brought to a depth of at least one inch below sprinklers and roadways and then leveled.
All of these processes can be completed on your own, but a professional lawn care provider might also perform the preparatory work. Call JMC Landscaping to receive a free estimate from a reputable partner in yard maintenance.
Now that the area has been properly prepared, it is time to lay the sod. Begin placing the sod along a straight line, such as a sidewalk or driveway, pressing the edges together as closely as possible without overlap. After placing the first row, you should continue by staggering the rows, exactly as you would when laying bricks. If you face trees or corners, use a sharp knife to cut around them. Water the entire grass to a depth of 8 to 10 inches to complete the installation.
DO NOT let the sod dry out
Immediate consideration must be given to correct watering and irrigation after installation. For 10 days, sod should be irrigated three times per day for 15 minutes. This is a crucial phase because it permits the roots to establish themselves. If you observe water pooling, immediately reduce watering.
DO NOT immediately mow
After 10 days of steady watering, it is okay to mow the lawn. If you attempt to mow before 10 days have passed, the roots will not have fully formed. You should never remove more than one-third of a grass blade when mowing your lawn, as this is a crucial element of yard management.
Need assistance maintaining your fresh sod at the correct height? JMC Landscaping can provide maintenance and mowing services of the highest caliber.
DO NOT tread on the grass
To avoid wasting money, you should avoid the region for three weeks to allow it to become well-established. This necessitates extra caution to keep your children and pets away from the new sod.
If you are ready to lay fresh sod this spring, please contact JMC Landscaping at 239-558-5943 or click here to receive a free quotation.