How to Lay Sod Quickly And For Less Money
If you want to learn how to lay sod quickly, then this article is for you. Even though there are about 15 different variations or different ways that you could go about laying sod, this way is the easiest. For some lawns, it will give great results, for others, the results could be pretty poor. Please use this method at your own risk. It is specifically for people who do not like to spend a lot of money or time installing a new one.
The first step is to make sure that you kill all the grass and weeds that are existing in your lawn. The best way to do this is to spray a strong solution of Roundup on your lawn. Allow it 7 to 10 days to work. Your grass should be brown and dead by the end of the 10 days.
The next two steps are optional, although recommended. You want to rent a power rake and power rake your dead grass on the right setting to get rid of all of the lawn. Then, make sure to rake up all of the dead grass and level out your soil with a garden rake ( or soil rake). Then, rent a lawn aerator and go over your lawn three or four times. This will help soften the ground underneath and allow the new sod to establish itself once you lay it down. Break up the plugs so that the ground will be even for you to lay the sod on.
The next step on learning how to lay sod is that, after your grass is completely dead, roll your new sod right on top of where the old grass was. Try and keep your sod pieces as close as you can to each other so that you will not have any gaps on your installation. Make sure to water the ground thoroughly after you have finished your installation. After that, you'll want to continue to water the lawn regularly.
The reason why watering your lawn is so important is because when sod is cut, about two thirds of the roots are cut off of it. Watering is what keeps the grass alive until the roots can grow down to their normal level. Make sure that you do not miss a day of watering, especially for the first two weeks. After about three weeks, you can probably get away with watering just once a day or once every other day. Wait until your grass is at least 4 inches long before you mow it. The first time that you mow it, don't mow it very short, because you want the roots to come in nice and thick.
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