Anyone who has ever seen workers laying new sod in a neighbor’s garden has to be fascinated by how grass and soil could be grown in such neat mats and be rolled up like some kind of manufactured plastic sheeting. It does seem easy enough laying new sod does what could there be to it other than picking a patch of land and rolling it out? Actually, you wouldn’t be far off judging how easy it can be. But a few pointers would be in order.

The traditional way to grow grass in your garden would be to turn the soil and then throw grass seeds about. The only problem there is, that it can be pretty labor-intensive to do with this way. Grass takes time to sprout, you have to take care of the weeds, and there will be bald patches. It can actually take months before you have the kind of grassy lawn that you envision. Opt for laying new sod just like that and you get a ready-made grassy lawn in a few hours.

While all grass might look the same in passing, important differences do exist. There are of course different varieties of grass that look different and feel different, and have different maintenance needs. Prices are usually quoted four 100 sq.ft, and you pay anything from $40 to $250 for that much depending on the variety of grass your ordering. If you’re buying online, you have to make sure that you buy the right species of grass for your specific state and county. Grass can be very sensitive to climate and soil quality. While buying online could save you some money, going with the local vendor would really guarantee for you the right kind of grass for your neighborhood.

Whatever method you choose, doing it yourself can be quite easy, and can make for a great DIY project. You’ll get instructions to go with your order; whatever you do though you want to make sure that you get around to laying new sod the very day that it arrives. You don’t want it to wilt standing (do make sure you leave it in the shade).

You also need to make sure you have all the materials needed at the ready at least one day before your turf delivery arrives. To start off laying new sod, you need to measure the area you plan to put your installation down in and take notice of any unusual features there might be like bumps or troughs. You can’t just roll your sod over hard ground. You need to prepare the soil by tilling to a depth of at least 3 inches first. Once you’ve done that, you could rake a mixture of lime, fertilizer and compost on the prepared patch to a 3-inch thickness, and bring in a lawn roller to flatten everything nicely and level everything properly. You want a level that’s at least an inch below the driveway.

You’re nearly ready to actually roll the turf out now. You just need to sprinkle water on the prepared surface so that your new turf will have something to attach itself to, and then roll it out. You need to water your new turf within 15 min. of having laid it down. Keep watering it once every couple of hours for the first couple weeks, and you should be set.