When Planting a New Lawn
Before installation, it is mandatory you clear the area of any currently existing grass or weeds—especially when it comes to installing grass plugs. Weeds WILL compete with your grass plugs until they become fully established. We recommend following these steps:
- Begin by making an application of Roundup or some other glyphosate-based product 10–14 days before sod installation takes place,
- Wait three to four days and then make a second application if the grass isn’t dying quickly enough,
- Once your grass is dead, use a sod cutter or roto-tiller to remove the top layer of grass and debris.
We have a few product recommendations and rental locations for roto-tillers and sod cutters on our Sod Installation Tools page to get you started with sod removal equipment. If interested in using a sod cutter, be sure to read our article on sod cutters for more details.
When Filling Damaged or Bare Spots
If you are planning on repairing bare spots with grass plugs, you will want to first rid the area of any problems that may exist. These issues could include weeds, insects or fungus. This can be as simple as pulling the weeds out by hand in the area or as difficult as treating the area with an herbicide, insecticide or fungicide. Browse through our online products here.