- Have the ground completely prepared before you order your sod.
- People who are not accustomed to physical labour should pace themselves accordingly and if necessary get help from friends.
- Lay sod immediately upon delivery.
- Locate a straight line, such as a curb or driveway, or run a taut string up the middle of the area to be sodded. Work along this line to establish the first row.
- With a rake, smooth the area immediately ahead of sodding.
- Lay in Brick-Work fashion.
- Make sure all joints are butted tightly together without overlapping.
- Staking is advisable on extreme slopes.
- To fit non rectangular edges, and small areas, cut the sod with a knife or hatchet.
- Go over the area with a one-third filled roller to press the roots to the soil.
- Saturate the area with water immediately. Twenty millimeters of water in the first hour does more than sixty millimeters three hours later.
- Water daily for first week, keeping soil under turf moist at all times until it is firmly rooted (about 2 weeks).
- For second and subsequent weeks, water deeply as required to maintain growth.
During first three weeks, avoid heavy or concentrated use of your new lawn. This gives the roots an opportunity to firmly knit with soil, prevent soil compaction and insures that the turf will remain smooth.