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58-4ever
06-09-2007, 09:40 PM
I'm going to try and attempt to lay sod tomorrow. Is this a bigger job than I think it is? It's only going to be a small area. Please advise.

el borracho
06-09-2007, 09:45 PM
There is no real trick to it but you should probably prepare the soil a bit before you lay the sod over it. You should PM Bill Parcells- he owns a landscaper business.

Phobia
06-09-2007, 09:53 PM
Water, water, and more water. Piece of cake.... unless you're on a slope and then you'll just need water and more water. Hope this helps.

Valiant
06-09-2007, 10:25 PM
Water, water, and more water. Piece of cake.... unless you're on a slope and then you'll just need water and more water. Hope this helps.


Phobia is Money..

Shit loads of water and get the soil as loose and ready as you can.. I said soil not wife...

58-4ever
06-09-2007, 10:27 PM
Thanks for the advice. I'm going clear the landscaping tomorrow, and lay the sod on monday.

Delano
06-09-2007, 10:27 PM
I think there are starter fertilizers available but I'm not sure if they are for seed or if you can find some for sod. If your lot is compacted, you will have difficulty getting the sod to take root so a bit of tilling would be very beneficial.

Bacon Cheeseburger
06-09-2007, 10:29 PM
Make sure to use plenty of antifreeze.

Drew
06-09-2007, 10:47 PM
I'm going to try and attempt to lay sod tomorrow. Is this a bigger job than I think it is? It's only going to be a small area. Please advise.


yes lots of water but also spend the time to properly prep the soil. if you have a lute that is best. if not a rake will do. take the extra time to make sure you don't have a bunch of low spots as that is where water will collect. if its bad enough it will puddle. looks sh*tty. you will also want to slightly slope your area in the direction of your choice. also rent or borrow a roller that you can fill with water. roll your prepped area before you lay sod; this and your rake will assist in getting it ready. then roll the sod several times in both directions once you have it laid. it will help the sod take root. make sure your seams are tight. also i found taking your xacto knife and rounding your corners (especially if its near a garden) looks a lot better than a bunch of 90 degree corners. make sure you have extra knife baldes as you will break them. if you get fertilizer supplied with the sod be careful when you spread it as too much in one area will burn the sod . then hammer it with water. again take a little xtra time as your going to be looking at it everyday. feel free to post a pic of the finished lawn. i'd like to see it. good luck.

Bob Dole
06-09-2007, 10:55 PM
Don't you need to be sure not to leave any air pockets under the sod, too? (Thus the rolling...)

58-4ever
06-09-2007, 11:13 PM
yes lots of water but also spend the time to properly prep the soil. if you have a lute that is best. if not a rake will do. take the extra time to make sure you don't have a bunch of low spots as that is where water will collect. if its bad enough it will puddle. looks sh*tty. you will also want to slightly slope your area in the direction of your choice. also rent or borrow a roller that you can fill with water. roll your prepped area before you lay sod; this and your rake will assist in getting it ready. then roll the sod several times in both directions once you have it laid. it will help the sod take root. make sure your seams are tight. also i found taking your xacto knife and rounding your corners (especially if its near a garden) looks a lot better than a bunch of 90 degree corners. make sure you have extra knife baldes as you will break them. if you get fertilizer supplied with the sod be careful when you spread it as too much in one area will burn the sod . then hammer it with water. again take a little xtra time as your going to be looking at it everyday. feel free to post a pic of the finished lawn. i'd like to see it. good luck.

It sounds pretty simple. Hopefully when I get out there, it's not the opposite. This is all really good advice. I will post a picture when I am done. We are getting married in our back yard, so I want it to look good. I am sodding an area where the landscaping has simply gotten out of control. Plus, my backyard has way too much vegitation for the area. More grass = a cleaner look. Thanks again.

58-4ever
06-09-2007, 11:15 PM
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I will be concentrating on the left of the picture and around a shed that is not shown. I hope the weather cooperates.

58-4ever
06-09-2007, 11:18 PM
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58-4ever
06-09-2007, 11:20 PM
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ragedogg69
06-09-2007, 11:42 PM
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I will be concentrating on the left of the picture and around a shed that is not shown. I hope the wife cooperates.

I think you got pictures and comments messed up, so i fixed it. :D

Mojo Rising
06-10-2007, 12:39 AM
Get the roller and turn the soil. Water, water, water.

You should consider putting in a sprinkler system before you lay the sod.

I have a lot of experience with this. My backyard is 15 X 15 and I used to have 2 large dogs using it as an outhouse.

I have replaced it 3 times in 7 years.

I wasn't able to fit a roller into my backyard (my neighbors houses are less than 6"'s on both sides) and after the watering the sod settled with a few high areas. Thus, on lower mower setting the grass gets cut to the rot.

The beauty of a small area is that you should be done in a few hours.

The Red Sea
06-10-2007, 07:59 AM
I'm going to try and attempt to lay sod tomorrow. Is this a bigger job than I think it is? It's only going to be a small area. Please advise.

Advise you say?
Thats easy just ask Rosie O Doughnut shes full of Advise...or is she full of Sh!t...only her girlfriend knows for sure!


Seriously as everyones already said H2O & keep it comin dont stop til the neighbors call the cops!

Bill Parcells
06-10-2007, 08:13 AM
Laying sod in the summer is the worst possible time to do it. you should just seed it now, and sod it in the fall. it is going to be a major pain in the ass watering that, and with high temps and humidity at night you will get fungus.