A cool, green lawn is one of the best things to help make your outdoor backyard time in the summer more pleasant and enjoyable. When your backyard has shade and a seating area but no lawn or a lawn that leaves much to be desired, you should look at improving the space with a new sod lawn that gives you instant gratification once it has been installed. But it is important that you take the time to prepare well for the lawn, set it right, and take care of it to ensure it takes well to the soil and becomes established. Here are some recommendations to help you prepare and install sod in your yard.
Handle Existing Weeds or Vegetation
Most of the time, the area of soil in which you want to plant a lawn is covered in weeds, wild grass, and rocks and is not the best surface to start laying sod. The soil on the site is also full of weed seeds, trash, and other materials that won't make for a successful sod-laying party. So, to clean up the area, you should scrape the top couple inches of soil from the area along with large rocks and all the unneeded weed growth.
You can use excavation equipment, or your landscaper can handle this task for you. This will also level the soil to remove any bumps and holes that might exist in the soil.
Prepare the Site
Once you have the site cleared and all the weed seed and rock-filled soil gone, you can bring in a fresh load of screened topsoil. This load of topsoil will not contain any rocks or gravel, so it will smooth easily over the top of your property. Level it and smooth it in place with a lawn rake or your excavation equipment and level attachment.
Lay the Sod
Make sure you order the sod for a day on which you can handle its installation. You don't want to let your sod sit in the sun because this will cause it to die. Lay the sections of sod, starting with a straight edge of your yard and working over from there.
Set the pieces side-by-side, and on each new row, stagger the pieces so the sod joints don't connect into four corners but rather set like subway tiles. Use a shovel or a hand trowel to cut sections of sod into shorter lengths to fit into each row end so the sod pieces do not overlap one another.
Follow up your hard work with a cool drink for yourself and your lawn, being sure to keep it watered well and throughout the day for the next week or so until the sod begins to take root.
To learn more, contact a sod installation company.