Install Sod as soon as possible After Delivery
- Installing sod on dry ground is preferred.
- Arrange the rolls so there is a minimum amount of traffic on the prepared soil and the newly installed grass.
- Lay sod in a horizontal brick pattern.
- Once an area of approximately 20 feet by 25 feet has been laid, water immediately. The objective is to not let the sod dehydrate.
- Butt ends and sides of the sod strips making sure there is no overlapping.
- Fit the sod around obstacles or in smaller places by merely cutting the dirt side with a sharp knife or shovel.
Proper watering is the single most important step in the establishment of your sodded lawn. It is necessary to begin watering your new lawn immediately after installation. In extremely hot weather, it is helpful to work a section out, get the water on it, and then continue laying. The first 3 days are critical in applying enough water to saturate the top 4 – 6 inches of soil. This requires approximately ½ inch of water per day.
This total amount should be applied over 2 – 3 watering periods each day. On the 4th day, begin watering ¼ inch per day. After 2 weeks, you may resume a normal watering schedule.
Edges, sod ends, and borders will be the first places to dry out and turn a yellowish color. Since the demand for water is greater in these spots, it may be helpful to apply water to them directly from a hose until established.
It is important to keep in mind that an efficient water program is the key to a beautiful, healthy lawn in Colorado’s dry climate.
Our turf is grown and properly maintained before arriving to you. Fertilization has been an important part of this process. Grass is a living growing plant and needs to be fed. Once the sod has been established, we recommend fertilizing 3 times a year with a balanced fertilizer (20-10-5).
Suggested dates for this are April 1st, June 15th, September 1st. If you choose to fertilize only once, feed in the fall; if twice, then in spring and fall. If you desire a green lawn from spring through the fall, then fertilize four times per year, early spring, late spring, late summer and mid-fall.
You can begin mowing your lawn anywhere from two to three weeks after installation. Always make sure your mower blades are sharp. Your sod was trimmed prior to delivery so that by the time it needs to be mowed it should be safe to do so. Don’t remove more than a third of the height of the blades at one time. Removal of more may result in shock, unsightly appearance, or may make your lawn more susceptible to disease.
In the Rocky Mountain region, most lawns are comprised of cool season grasses. It is best to aerate in the spring, early September or both to help reduce thatch and soil compaction.