SOD Prep - Knowledgebase Question

bolton, ma
Question by lprucha
June 26, 2007

I would like to put some sod in some areas of my lawn. HD does ship into our area SOD on Fridays and Saturdays. I need to know how to prepare the under soil before puting down the sod!


Answer from NGA
June 26, 2007


Thorough soil preparation is critical to success with sod. First, run some basic soil tests to check fertility and soil pH. Remove existing vegetation, loosen the soil down about six inches, work in organic matter such as compost, and add fertilizer and/or lime as indicated by the soil tests. Level the area and rake it smooth. Then you are finally ready to lay the sod. Keep the sod evenly moist while it establishes. When you water, make sure the soil under the sod stays damp or the sod will not root into it successfully. (It should be damp like a wrung out sponge, not sopping wet and not dried out.) Good luck with your project!

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