How To Prepare & Install Turfgrass Sod
Tips on how to properly prepare your landscape and install turfgrass sod.
Installing natural turfgrass sod will enhance the beauty and environment surrounding your property. The long-term benefits of installing sod make it an ideal choice for homeowners, businesses, and municipalities.
The Nursery Sod Growers Association is pleased to provide you with some tips to help you prepare your location for successful installation.
Turfgrass Sod Preparation Tips
- Remove all debris from the area.
- Grade and shape the area to your desired contours.
- Topsoil should be added to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. If this amount of topsoil is not already available on your property, it must be added.
- Prepare the soil by rototilling to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. Be sure to rototill in one direction, and then again in the opposite direction.
- Add fertilizer at the rate of 10 kilograms per 1076 sq. ft. and rototill or rake to a depth of 2 inches. We recommend a fertilizer with a 5-20-20 ratio (or similar).
- Rake the top of the soil to 1 inch with a smooth, even surface, and roll lightly to remove depressions.
- Sod should be laid as soon as possible — no later than 24 hours after delivery.