How to Use Sod to Repair Your Lawn

artificial turf When it comes to bald patches in your lawn, not everyone has the patience to sow fresh grass seed and maintain it to the point that it looks like the rest of the grass.  It could take the entire season for the process to be completed – if it’s successful at all! An alternative to the slow growing method is to learn how to use sod to repair your lawn.  In this article we’ll go over the main tasks that will allow you to have an instantly better looking lawn.

Prep The Soil

First step to installing a patch of sod is to prepare the area where it’s going to be placed.  You’ll need to smooth the soil out and ensure that the sod roots will have maximum contact with the ground.  You might also consider testing the soil to make sure the right nutrient balance already exists in the soil. If the grass has already died in that spot once, it may be time to make some amendments.  You’ll also need to make sure the soil is levelled properly so that the sod patches lay level with the surrounding grass. Failure to do so will cause you problems when it comes time to mow the lawn.

Lay The Sod

You’ll want to lay the sod as soon as possible after receiving its delivery.  The longer that sod is left out, the more likely that it will become dry and the root system will have a tough time gaining a foothold.  If it’s possible to schedule the delivery for a day that’s not too hot and sunny your chances of it quickly taking root will be increased.  You’ll want the edges of the sod patch to fit into the surrounding grass as tightly as possible. If there are any spaces, they will promote drying around the edges and the sod patch will have a tendency to shrink.  Get a tight fit for the best results.

Maintain The Installation

Give the sod patch a good watering and prevent people from walking on it until you’re sure it’s taken root.  Keep an eye on the installation to ensure it’s kept watered and properly fertilized. Be careful when mowing the newly installed patch to make sure you don’t end up cutting the grass blades too short.