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How to Lay Sod

5 Easy Steps For Laying Gorgeous Green Sod

You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers! Well on the same note, rainy days make this month a great time to perk up your lawn by laying sod, if need be. Think of it as a new Spring wardrobe for your soil! I thought I'd give you a few tips before you do the dirty work.

  • Prep your soil for primping. "Tweeze" the grounds of weeds, sticks, and stones. Apply some fertilizer. Rake the area and make it even.
  • Think of sod like a bouquet of fresh flowers. It can die in the heat overnight, so keep it rolled until you're ready to lay it, and lay it as soon as possible.

Continue reading for three more easy steps!

  • Be a straight shooter. Using an adjacent line like a patio or a sidewalk as a guide, lay down your first row in a straight line.
  • Create a staggered effect. After your first row, center each piece on the seams of the adjacent row so that overall, they're staggered.
  • Give it a good pat-down. Air pockets will keep the sod's roots from getting good contact with the soil. So pat them down evenly or use a ruler to ensure they do!

P.S. If the April showers ever do let up, remember to water your new lawn often!

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