Sod is one of the quickest ways to install grass over large areas. Whenever a property owner is considering using sod, there are many factors that they will have to consider and steps to follow if the newly installed sod is to be successful.
Choose A Sod That Is Compatible With Your Soil
There are many different types of sod that you are able to install on your property. However, it is always advisable to base your choice of sod on the soil conditions that are present on your property. A soil quality test can give you insight into the nutrient contents of the soil, its compactness, and the drainage that may be expected. Understanding these factors is necessary to avoid choosing a type of sod that will need extensive fertilizers and other types of intensive care.
Avoid Leaving The Sod In The Sun While Waiting To Install It
A common mistake that people may make when installing their own sod is failing to protect the sod from sunlight exposure until they are ready to place it on the ground. Leaving the sod in the sunlight could increase the speed at which it dries out, which could lead to the sod potentially dying or suffering serious damage before you are able to place it on the ground and water it. Ideally, your sod should be kept rolled up and placed in an area that is out of the sunlight. If you will need to store the sod for more than a day, you should also water it to help prevent it from suffering damage as a result of drying.
Use Edging To Shape The Sod
Edging can be a useful tool for helping to establish the boundaries of the sod installation. However, it can also be useful for helping the sod to retain its shape. This is due to the ability of the edging to stop the sod from shifting positions as much. While it can be tempting to assume that the edging should wait to be installed until the sod has fully acclimated to the new setting, it may actually be more effective to place the edging when the sod is first installed. This allows you to have a greater degree of control over the contours of the lawn while also providing support to keep the sod from shifting positions and damaging the developing root system.
To learn more, contact a sod installation company.