Step 1: Measuring and Ordering
Step 2: Soil Preparation
For best results, roto-till or spade the area to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. Eliminate drainage problems by having soil slope away from foundations. Soil-test your lawn area with the assistance of a qualified service professional or contact Cornell Cooperative Extension. Rake in fertilizer, lime, peat, and compost as needed to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. Rake and smooth the soil, removing rocks, roots, and large clods. Level the area based on your specific site requirements. Keep the grade 1 inch below sidewalks or driveways.
Step 3: Turf Installation
Install your lawn immediately upon delivery. Turf is a living plant that requires ground contact and water to survive, so begin watering the lawn immediately upon installation. During extreme heat conditions, if turf cannot be laid on the same day of delivery, certain precautions should be taken. If possible, place turf in shade and moisten. All full pallets should be reduced by 50%. Caution: Never cover pallets with plastic or vinyl tarps. Begin installing your turf along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk. Push edges and ends against each other tightly without stretching, avoiding gaps and overlaps. Stagger joints in each row in a brick-like fashion, using a sharp knife to trim corners. Avoid leaving small strips at outer edges, as they will not retain moisture. On slopes, place the turf pieces across the slope. To avoid causing indentations or air pockets avoid repeated walking and kneeling on the turf while it is being installed or just after watering. Rolling after the sod is installed will guarantee a sure connection between the plant and the earth it is laid on.
Step 4: Watering
Give your new lawn plenty of water upon installation. Water daily, at least an inch of water in each zone, keeping the turf and ground beneath saturated until the sod is firmly rooted. If unsure about how much water your lawn is receiving, put a coffee can or other container in the area and measure manually while irrigating. After 2 weeks, a less frequent and deeper watering routine can begin.Weather conditions and soil drainage will dictate the amount and frequency of watering. Be certain that your new lawn has enough moisture to survive hot, dry, or windy periods. Water areas near buildings more often where reflected heat can dry the turf.
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