Now that spring is here, it’s time to get your hands dirty. Just be sure to wash them when you’re done! If you have been wanting to start a new lawn, you might not want to play around with seeds that you don’t know how to cultivate. That’s not a problem, though. Instead, you could simply choose to lay down some sod.
Get Rid of Old Grass
The first step is to clear the way. Do this by getting rid of old grass. Some of the old, worn-out soil needs to be stripped away as well. To do this, you will need a sod cutter to chop up the roots holding the grass in place. Then you can compost old sod that you don’t need anymore. Alternatively, you can contact a garden center and ask if they might be willing to accept it for their own compost pile if you don’t already have one started for yourself.
Get the Soil Ready
The second step is to get your soil ready. What exactly does this mean? It means that you should level out the soil with a simple garden rake. You might also see them called bow rakes at your local hardware store. The leveled-out soil needs to be around 1 inch below any pavement, such as sidewalks, around where you want to place your new sod. That’s because that extra inch is where the sod will go once it has been shipped to your home. Use some turf building products to strengthen the roots and strike a stronger bond with the remaining soil that is left behind. However, here is where you need to exercise some extra caution: new sod and old turf don’t mix well – they are like oil and water. A brand new roll of sod over existing turf only leads to disaster because the sod and the grass will both die off.
Lay Down the Sod
Now you can lay down the new sod you have, at least once the turf has been prepared to accept it. Use a hose or sprinkler to dampen the soil before you do anything else. Take the first roll of sod and unfurl it against the longest edge of landscaping you can find. Rake your footprints out and look out for uneven terrain that can disrupt the process. Repeat these processes as many times as you need to, but don’t step on the new sod; if you do, it will shift and leave unsightly gaps behind.
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