The Q&A Archives: Laying Sod

Question: How do I lay sod, and get rid of weeds.

Thank you

Answer: Starting a lawn with sod requires careful soil preparation and good aftercare or your sod will fail. Run some basic soil tests to check fertility and soil pH. Add fertilizer and lime as indicated by the test results. Remove existing vegetation. This can be done using an herbicide containing glyphosate, read and carefully follow all of the label directions including any waiting period. Loosen the soil down about six inches, work in organic matter. Grade the area and rake the surface smooth, then lay the sod. Roll with a light roller to assure good soil to root contact. Then water as needed to keep the soil evenly moist while the sod becomes rooted and established. I should mention that the best time of year to start a new lawn is late summer to early fall. Midsummer is the most stressful period. Your local Cornell cooperative extension should be able to help you with the tests and interpreting the results. You may find the following information helpful as well.

Good luck with improving your lawn!

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