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How To Buy and Lay Sod

Follow these basic tips to get the perfect sod.

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basic tips for the perfect sod
  • Time


  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Buy the Sod

Look for thickness – not too thick, not too thin. Soil on the bottom should be 1/2 -3/4 of an inch. Look at the roots, the soil should be moist but not wet. If grass leaf is yellow or brown, don’t buy it. Make sure it’s cool, not hot or warm. If it’s warm then it’s been sitting around too long.

Step 2: Lay the Sod

If you have sod delivered to your home, lay it as soon as possible. Sod will die if it’s stacked up. If you have to store it before planting, water it to keep moist. Start along an edge like a curb or a patio. Butt the ends together. When you lay the second row, stagger the seams. Ends of the second row should fall in the middle of the previous row – like laying bricks. Cut pieces that are too long with a knife.

lay sod as soon as possible after delivered

Step 3: Flatten and Water the Sod

Once sod is all laid, roll over it with a roller (Image 1). This will flatten any edges or seams that are sticking up. When sod is laid, water it deeply (Image 2). Get a good saturation so the sod can take root. Water it every day for the first three days.