One of the easiest ways to have a delightful and lush lawn is by installing sod grass. It is gratifying and you can see the results right away. If you do not have the time or patience to watch your lawn seeds grow slowly, then installing sod grass is the best way for you to have an instant green lawn and the fast way to beautify your garden. Your garden will be ready for those summer get-togethers in no time at all.
There are some issues that you have to consider before installing the sod grass when you are doing the job yourself. It is not a hard thing to do, well, only if you have a big amount to cover, as it will take time. However, for the moderate to small space, it goes pretty quick and easy.
The first issue to consider is the type of sod that you want to install. Visit the nurseries and look at the different types of sods, and select the one that will give you the best look and that will grow best on your type of soil. Take a sample of soil in a plastic bag or container and take it with you, if you are not sure. A sales representative or nursery associate will help you select the best one for your type of soil.
Beware that if you purchase the sod it should be installed right away. You do not want to leave it around for days, as it will rot, get dry, or burn with the sun. Therefore, you should prepare the soil ahead of time, before purchasing it.
To prepare the soil to receive the new sod you have to break the soil, get rid of any weeds, debris and pebbles, and aerate it well. Make an even surface, as well as you can, and make sure that you have broken the dirt well. You can use a regular garden tiller, a weeder, a lawn edger, and scissors to better do the job. The job goes faster when you have the right tools at hand. You will also need a rake and tub or cart to collect the debris and weeds. Wear garden gloves to protect your hands.
Once you have prepared the soil and have it clean of debris you will have to moist the soil before placing the sod on it. It is important that you water the ground and never put the sod on dry dirt. This will encourage the roots to take. Keep the area moist as you go.
The patches of soil will be cut and you must try to match them as close together to ensure a unified look. Stagger the seams for a cleaner look with less visible seams. This will also ensure less dry spots in the future. Put the strips close together, but do not overlap them. Use your scissors or lawn edger to shape the sod according to the areas in your garden.
After you have placed the sod, water it well to moisten it. You will also have to roll it down to smooth it down and set it well. For this part, you can use a lawn or yard roller. If you do not own one you can rent it at a nursery or home improvement center.
Once you have done this you have to care for your lawn by watering it frequently and watching out for weeds. Buy some fertilizer and weed control to treat your grass as needed, and always according to the season.