Preparation

Step 1 – Soil Test

Soil test your lawn area with the assistance of a qualified service in your area. Then rake in fertilizer, lime, peat, compost, etc. as needed to a depth of 3 to 4 inches.

Step 2 – Soil Preparation

For best result, rototill or spade the area to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. Eliminate drainage problems by having soil slope away from foundations, etc.

Rake and smooth the soil removing rocks, roots, and large clods. Roll the area lightly with a lawn roller 1/3 full of water. This will firm the soil surface and reveal low areas that need more soil. Keep the grade 1 inch below sidewalks and driveways.

Water the prepared area to settle the soil, and provide a moist base for turf. Moistening to a depth of 6 inches is recommended for most soils.

Step 3 – Select the Right Grass

Selecting the right grass for your situation will depend on the amount of sun or shade the area is getting. Also, water availability for the sod is a factor. Call McCurdy Sod Farms and we will help you determine which sod will work best for you.

Step 4 – Measuring and Ordering

With a tape measure, the area of your planned lawn. Include these measurements on a sketch of the lawn area, with the length, width, and any unusual features. The experts at McCurdy Sod Farms will be happy to assist you in determining the amount of turfgrass sod you will need.

Schedule your order for delivery of turf after preparatory work is completed, and you are ready to install. Prompt installation on the day of delivery is crucial to a strong beginning for your lawn.

Step 5 – Turf Installation

Install the turf immediately upon delivery. Begin watering the lawn within 30 minutes of installation.

Begin installing turf along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk. Butt and push edges and ends against each other tightly, without stretching. Avoid gaps or overlaps. Stagger the joints in each row in a brick-like fashion, using a large sharp knife to trim corners, etc. On slopes, place the turf pieces across the slope.

To avoid causing indentations or air pockets avoid repeated walking or kneeling on the turf while it is being installed or just after watering.

After installing the turf, roll the entire area to improve turf/soil contact and remove air pockets.

Step 6 – Watering

Give your new lawn at least 1 inch of water within ½ hour of installation. Water daily, or more often, keeping turf moist until it is firmly rooted (about 2 weeks). Then less frequent and deeper watering should begin.

Weather conditions will dictate the amount and frequency of watering. Be certain that your new lawn has enough moisture to survive hot, dry, or windy periods. Water areas near buildings more often where reflected heat dries the turf.

Caution:

During the first three weeks, avoid heavy or concentrated use of your new lawn. This gives the roots an opportunity to firmly knit with the soil, and insures that the turf will remain smooth.

To avoid causing indentations or air pockets avoid repeated walking or kneeling on the turf while it is being installed or just after watering.

After installing the turf, roll the entire area to improve turf/soil contact and remove air pockets.

Maintenance:

Your new lawn increases your property value significantly. With proper care, it will remain a great asset, providing beauty, a clean playing surface, and an improved environment.

Mow often, generally removing no more than 1/3 of the grass height at a mowing. Keep your mower blade sharp. Fescue should be left taller in the summer. Bermuda and Zoysia should be left taller in the winter.

Fertilizer and chemical applications will depend on climate, sod type, soil types, and undesireable problems. Please consult your extension agent or your lawn care provider.

For fertilizer and maintenance requirements, call McCurdy Sod Farms.

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