Sod is one of the fastest ways to dramatically increase your home’s curb appeal. Laying sod doesn’t take any special skills. But, it does require some time and physical exertion. Once you’re ready to lay sod, have it delivered or pick it up first thing in the morning and get right to work. If possible, lay all the sod in the same day. Having a few friends to help and speed up the process. Here’s what you’ll need for this intermediate level project.
TOOLS & MATERIALS
- Garden Rake
- Utility or Pocket Knife
When taking on this DIY task, be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear.
Mark property line. If the area where you’ll be laying sod falls along a property line, run a piece of string to clearly mark the area.
Rake. Your soil base should be about one inch below any adjacent paved walkways or driveways. Once you’ve determined where your base will be, use a rake to clear away leaves and debris.
Lay sod. Begin laying the sod, butting the pieces tightly together. Squeeze the edges together with your hands, being careful not to overlap them. Pat down firmly using a garden rake as you work to level or move any soil as needed.
Stagger joints. Your joints should be staggered like bricks. Continue laying sod, using a utility knife or pocket knife to cut when needed until your yard is complete.
Water. Once all your sod is in place, give it a thorough watering right away. If it’s an all day job, it’s a good idea to water the side you’ve laid every couple hours. Water thoroughly every day, preferably in the morning. After a week, water every other morning. After two weeks, water just twice a week. Your sod will be established by this point and you can start watering about once a week.