Answer: You would need to prepare it essentially the same way as you would for planting seed. First run some basic soil tests to check fertility and pH. Then add fertilizer and/or lime as indicated by soil tests. Remove or kill existing vegetation. Loosen the soil down at least six inches and work in several inches of good quality compost. Level and rake the surface smooth. Your local Cornell county extension should be able to help you with the soil testing and interpreting the results. You may also find helpful information at the following web site, you may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly:
Note that sod laying is best done in September.
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