Sod Installation

Sod can be an attractive investment that will beautify your home for many years. Although sod is simple to install, there are some pitfalls to be aware of.

Too long waiting to install the sod

It is essential to install the sod as soon as you receive it. After the sod has been harvested, it starts to decay. The temperature of the air determines how fast this happens. The temperature of the air will determine how long the sod lasts. Sod purchased in winter can last up to a week on a pallet. However, if installed in hot summer, it will only last for a short time. The heat of decomposition will cause the sod to turn sour and not lack moisture.

It may survive if you wait too long or the sod starts to yellow. If there is still enough green in the blades, it will return to life with watering.

What to do: Before you deliver sod, make sure that your area is ready and clean. It will make it easier to install the sod while it is still fresh.

More is needed to water SOON

It is essential to water the sod immediately after it has been unrolled. It is removed from its root system when harvested and will dry fast once it has been unrolled.

What to avoid: After you have a large enough area for a sprinkler, water it while you install the rest.

More than watering deep enough is required

After you have watered and installed your sod, you must water it every day for the next two weeks. Fresh sod is very shallow and needs to be watered as they grow deeper into the soil. A sprinkler is better than hand watering.

Sprinklers will slowly distribute water over one to two hours, allowing it to soak in. Hand watering can only dump a lot of water in each area, but it will take only a few minutes, and most of the water will run off. For the first two weeks, aim to water your plants with about one inch per day.

Avoid these common mistakes: Use a sprinkler and hose to water your garden. To ensure that you have at least one inch of water every morning, keep a rain gauge handy or a coffee cup.

During summer, watering in the evenings

This area can experience sweltering summers, making it ideal for fungus growth. The problem is worsened by allowing the grass to dry overnight. This time of year, it is crucial to be extra cautious when sodding. You should water your grass only in the morning after the first watering. It will allow it to dry out in the afternoon and evening.

What to do: Set a timer for watering your sod every morning, and let the grass dry in the afternoon. If it is particularly hot or humid or there are frequent rains, consider applying a fungicide to prevent the grass from drying out.

Author's Bio: 

Greg is a landscaping expert in Canada. He loves creating beautiful lawns and gardens.