When most people dream about their landscape, they dream of having a lush, beautiful lawn without any bare spots and weeds. However, achieving this goal takes a lot of work. One way many people assume they can have that dream is to replace their lawn with new sod, but that doesn’t guarantee your lawn will always be weed-free or won’t develop bald spots. A great yard still takes work, even if your new lawn is delivered on a truck as rolled sod. And the work starts before the sod is even delivered. Here are some tips for preparing for your new sod delivery.
Kill Off Old Grass
This step is easy to forget about, but it is essential. If you don’t completely kill the old grass, it will eventually grow up through your new sod. Spray the old turf a few times before your scheduled new sod delivery. Killing off the grass may take weeks and multiple herbicide applications, so don’t rush that part. This is an excellent way to prevent weeds since the spray works on them, too.
Prepare the Ground
Ensuring your soil is ready when the sod delivery comes is essential. The longer the sod sits around, the worse it will be. Try to lay the sod down on the same day it is delivered so there is less time to dry out. To do so, you must level the area and remove as many of the bumps and imperfections as beforehand. Wetting everything down while you wait for the delivery is also good.
Add soil to level out the low spots, improve the ground, and form a slope away from your house. Mix the new soil into your existing soil with a rototiller. You should buy topsoil from a reputable material company. Sandy loam topsoil screened to remove rocks and debris is ideal because it drains freely and is less likely to have weeds.
Prepare Your Irrigation System
Additionally, ensure your irrigation system is ready before your sod delivery. Mark sprinkler heads and any shallow cable lines so they don’t get cut during the sod removal process. The new sod will need a lot of water in the first few weeks, so make sure the system is running correctly.
You don’t want to realize after your new sod is down that you have broken sprinkler heads, an area that doesn’t work, or controller problems.
Get Your Yard Ready for Fall!
Since our inception from a humble 30-acre field to over 4,500 acres of turf grasses, Quantico Creek Sod Farm is now the LARGEST SOD FARM IN THE TRI-STATE AREA. Our service areas cover Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC Delaware, Virginia and Northern North Carolina. Order early and order often to ensure the best service possible. Contact us through our online page. Please find us at 27616 Little Lane, Salisbury, Maryland 21801. Our phone number is 410-726-6103, and our fax number is 410-742-6550. Speak to Jason Anderson for Turf Grass Sales. Reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, follow us on social media on Facebook, LinkedIn, and our blog!