The Q&A Archives: LAYING SOD


Answer: Sally,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

You may want to start with a soil test to determine if any adjustments are needed. It is easier to make changes to nutrient content or pH before you plant sod. Begin by destroying any perennial weeds on the site. A general purpose weed killer with glyphosate (Roundup and Kleenup are two examples) works well if the weeds are actively growing. Give it a week after spraying to translocate down into the plant's roots and kill the weeds. The spread any fertilizer or other amendments needed and rototill the area. After rototilling rake the area to level the soil surface. Lay the sod blocks, roll the area with a turf roller (available an many rental centers) to insure good sod to soil contact and water it in well. Keep it moist for a couple of weeks until it has time to establish roots down into the soil.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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