How to Properly Install New Sod

For optimum growth, turf grass needs just four things…sunlight, air, water, and nutrients. Reduce any of these, or provide too much of some, and your grass will die or decline. However, provide the right proportions and you will have a healthy lawn that increases the value your your property, generates clean air for the enviroment, and serves as a clean and safe surface to play on and enjoy.

Grass obtains three of these four essential factors (air, water and nutrients) from the soil, but many soils are less than ideal for growing grass. Some soils contain too much clay and may be very compacted… great for roads, bad for grass, because air and water aren’t available to the roots and the roots can’t grow. Others may have pH levels that are too high or low. Because of the large variability in soils, we strongly recommend that you perform a soil test before installing a new lawn. Soil tests cost between $10 and $30 and can be done through your local university extension office or private lab. Once the tests are complete, you will recieve both your test results and a recommendation for amendments to improve your soil. Follow the instructions from the soil test, and you will start your new lawn off with an optimal enviroment to thrive. Supplimental nutrients, also known as fertlizers, are usually needed to help your lawn look its best. The best fertlizers are slow release granular becuase they will slowly feed your lawn over time and not allow any of the fertlizer to leech into the subsurface soil or nearby water sources. Fertlization schedules for each grass.

The final ingredent for healthy turfgrass is sunlight. All turf varieties thrive in full sun, but none will live in full shade. If you have a heavily shaded area, take a look at what is currently growing there. If you see nothing but dirt, the chances of any turf grass surviving are very slim. Our most shade tolerant varieties are Palmetto St. Augustine and Geo Zoysia,but we do not recommend using them in situations with less than 4 hours ofdirect sunlight per day. Keep in mind that sunlight changes throughout the year with the seasons,  so 4 hours in early spring will not necessairly be 4 hours in the late summer or fall. When planning a new lawn installation, be mindful of the trees in your landscape and the shade they will provide so that you can plan the areas to sod accordingly. There are a number of  If shade is a major issue in your area, use our turfgrass selector to see how each of our grasses rank for shade in your area.

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