The Q&A Archives: Sodding Established Lawn

Question: How do I patch bare spots in the lawn by sodding? What is the proper procedure? I have St. Augustine and would like to continue with this.

Answer: Simply rake the area to scratch the surface of the soil and level it. Then lay sod blocks in place and walk on them to press down firmly to contact the underlying soil. Water in well and give the grass a daily watering for about a week. Then begin to wean it back to once a week over the next three of four weeks.

Wait until fall to fertilize the sod. The nutrients in the soil and the mulched clippings are enough for it to get established and growing strong.

If you are sodding a large area and want to save some money, you can cut the sod blocks into 4 inch strips. A flat edged shovel or machete works well for this. Plant the strips about 12 inches apart and they will completely cover by the end of the year with weekly watering and a bit of fertilizer a month after planting.

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