Fresh Sod: 7 Easy Steps for Installation!

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  1. Mark Jansen says:

    I am looking for roughly 1000 square feet of sod for my backyard. How soon can I have this delivered to Guelph and also is Kentucky Bluegrass o=able to survive in shady areas?

    • Cameron Shimoda says:

      Hey Mark! Thank you for your inquiry! As far as pricing and expected delivery dates are concerned, our online ordering portal at https://ordersodnow.com/ will provide you with those details. Just input your postal code and follow the steps! Kentucky Bluegrass will survive in the shade, so long as it gets at least 3 hours of sunlight per day and proper watering. Be careful under trees though, because trees can outcompete freshly laid sod for nutrients making it difficult to establish. The combination of this nutrient competition and steady shade is deadly for sod. So keep in mind the 3 hours per day, and be weary of laying sod under trees! 🙂

  2. Joy Butler says:

    I appreciate you helping me learn more about installing fresh sod easily. It really helped when you said that we should not water the fresh sod while it is rolled up. As far as I remembered, my dad did that, so I will inform him about this so he would know it next time.

    • Cameron Shimoda says:

      Anytime Joy! We try to provide plenty of tips and tricks for sod installation. Definitely let your dad know that watering sod while it’s rolled up can be detrimental. 🙂

  3. Balk says:

    Mowing after only 1 week sounds sketchy to me. Personally I’d wait 2 weeks, just so tou don’t accidentally turn your sod into mulch.

    • Cameron Shimoda says:

      Hey Balk,

      It can sound scary, but simply raise your mower to the top setting, and walk carefully. It’s also heavily dependent on conditions! If you get heavy rains on the day you planned to mow, it’s a good idea to let it dry out a bit before you mow. Mowing early can greatly improve the sod’s ability to establish.

      All the best,

      Cameron
      -OrderSodNow

  4. Garth Smith says:

    Hey Cameron,

    I have an area in my backyard that is 1/3 in a good sun area bu 2/3 under trees and has a slope. I want to sod the whole area. Is this practical or do I have no chance for the sod to survive under the canopy of trees?

    • Cameron Shimoda says:

      Hey Garth!

      Thanks for your comment! That is a difficult scenario to establish sod in… Most lawn grasses need 4-6 hours per day of direct sunlight to thrive. Is there any way that you can have your trees pruned back prior to trying to install sod? This will help immensely with establishment. If you have some very shady areas, could you build a garden bed there instead to fill in with a shade tolerant plant like hostas? Like I said, establishing sod in the shade is very difficult so try to plan accordingly 🙂

      I hope everything works out Garth!

      All the best,

      Cameron
      -OrderSodNow

  5. Kyle Bechtold says:

    What is the recommended height the ground should be before sod placement to keep it level if patching your lawn to existing grass?

    • Cameron Shimoda says:

      Hey Kyle!

      Typically there is about an inch of soil on a roll of sod, but this varies slightly depending on harvest conditions. Take at least an inch of topsoil off along with the existing grass you are replacing. You can use that same soil (as long as it is not contaminated) to level out the area if you have any depressions.

      All the best,

      Cameron
      -OrderSodNow

  6. Proper site preparation makes it easier for new grass roots to penetrate. Excellent explanation, it’s simple & focus

  7. Greg says:

    How long before I can use my yard ( lots of people walking but no hard wear and tear)?

    • Cameron Shimoda says:

      Hey Greg,

      At the very least, wait two weeks from the date on installation. Pay close attention to your lawn during establishment though. Consistently check a corner of your new sod, and try to gently lift it from the underlying soil slightly. If it has taken root and can’t be easily lifted, it should be prepared for some light traffic. Please bear in mind that your new lawn can be fragile for at least the first month. Try to ask your guests to be gentle while they walk if there is going to be a lot of traffic.

      All the best and enjoy your new lawn,

      Cam
      -LearnSodNow

  8. I want my house to have very green grass. I like how you mention rolling your new lawn to even out the turf joints and to ensure there is good contact between the turf roots and soil. Thank you for the information. I’ll hire a professional to install SOD around my house.

    • Cameron Shimoda says:

      That’s right Jay! Having a professional install your sod can greatly improve your chances at success. The devil is truly in the details!

      All the best,

      Cam
      -LearnSodNow

  9. Ron Booker says:

    I like that you suggested mowing your lawn at least twice a week to keep it healthy. One of my friends told me that he was looking that every grass has a unique way to take care of it. Thank you for the advice about mowing the lawn at the correct height.

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