Putting down sod - Knowledgebase Question

waterbury, ct
Question by ddfarro
May 2, 2007
Whats the best way to put down sod? Also we just removed a huge pine tree fromour backyard will this affect the planting of the sod?


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Answer from NGA
May 2, 2007

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Preparing to lay sod is similar to preparing to seed, only the final step is different. First run some basic soil tests to check fertility and pH. This will tell you how much fertilizer and lime you need to work into the soil along with adding organic matter. Work these into the top six inches or so of soil. Then level and rake smooth prior to laying the sod. The soil preparation process is critical to your success with the (expensive) sod so do not be tempted to skimp on it. Your local county extension should be able to help you with the soil tests and interpreting the results, as well as discuss the best local sources of organic matter such as compost, and also suggest the best varieties of grass for your growing conditions in your yard. Good luck with your lawn this summer!

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