Installing Sod on a Slope: Why it is so Hard & How to be Successful
One of the trickiest places to install sod is on a slope. This is due to a number of reasons including drainage issues. While it is difficult to sod on a slope, it is nearly impossible to seed a sloped area. If you have a sloped area it is best to stick to sod as it will ensure better results. While it isn’t always easy, there are tons of tricks and tips on how to successfully sod a sloped area! It is easier to fix the issue once you understand why it is so hard in the first place!
Why is it Hard to Grow Grass on a Slope?
Growing grass on a hill or on a sloped area can be incredibly difficult. That is because high drainage and slopes go hand in hand. With heavy rains or watering, the water runs down the slope. This leads to poor soil underneath the sod. The soil dries out very quickly as it is unable to retain most of the water it receives. It is also lacking in nutrients, as these get washed away in the runoff. Fertilize and water the area regularly to ensure proper moisture and nutrients.
Tips & Steps to Ensure Success
The first thing you should do is properly prepare the area. Check out our 7 easy steps to installation for a full guide. When installing on a slope the quality of the soil used is very important to ensure that the sod is getting nutrients. The soil will lose some nutrients from the runoff, so be sure to use a good quality soil as well as fertilizer. Also follow a fertilizing schedule to ensure it receives enough nutrients throughout the growing season.
When you are installing your sod, there are a couple of tips to keep in mind. The first tip is to lay the strips horizontally instead of vertically. Laying the strips vertically can lead to the sod slipping out of place. It can also lead to additional soil erosion, as it is easier for the water to flow through. Stagger the pieces as you normally would when laying sod. On a slope, it is very important not to skip the step of rolling out your sod. Rolling the strips promotes a faster rooting process as well as removing any air pockets. The faster the roots develop, the less chance of issues occurring.
Once the sod is installed, you need to secure the sod in place. Use garden staples, long nails, or pegs to hold the strips in place. Make sure that the pegs have penetrated the ground beneath the sod, or they won’t hold the strips in place. If you are planning on inserting the pegs all the way into the ground, I would suggest doing this step before rolling out your sod. Try to remember where you placed each peg to make for an easier removal process once your sod has taken root. If you have longer pegs, leave them sticking out a bit to make for the easiest removal process. You will need to put the pegs in after rolling if keeping them visible.
While sodding on a slope is tough, it is far from impossible. Tons of people have success when they sod on a slope! Now grass seed is a different story, so stick to sod for the best results. Besides having a great looking lawn, you’re also helping with erosion issues! Sodding on a slope doesn’t have to be intimidating. Simply keep our tips in mind when sodding and you’re sure to have great results!