Asked on May 3, 2017

Any suggestions for best way to "start" a new sodded lawn?

BobbieStephen HughesBeth Shorts


Zone 9/10
4 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 3, 2017

    The preparation for laying down sod is as follows>>>>Put fresh top soil down,Apply Lime,Fertilizer,peat moss and starter fertilizer. Lay the sod down and go over it with a lawn roller. Keep well watered and water in the early hours of the day.
  • Beth Shorts
    on May 3, 2017

    we put new sod on our front yard in FEBRUARY.. unheard of around the mid-atlantic where we are.. but this winter was so unusually warm, and we got a real deal on sod... soooooooo we did it.. and hoped and prayed a lot!! and now, it looks FABULOUS...
    • a couple suggestions: lay the sod out, but save all the small bits of sod to put in the middle areas, NOT on the edges.. the smaller bits seem to dry out faster if they arent surrounded by more sod...
    • WATER, WATER, WATER for the first couple weeks... daily, if there is no rain in your forecast
    • and don't get too anxious to mow your new lawn until you make sure that the sod is totally rooted, by grabbing a handful of your new grass and gently pulling up to see if it's stuck to the ground or if it lifts up as you pull it.
  • Stephen Hughes
    on May 4, 2017

    start from seed . So easy and super cost effective . i usually mix the grass seed with dirt then lay . Try not to do before a rain , but keep watered well till established . If birds are concern then use a rake and try to make sure the top 1-2 of dirt are mixed well with seeds , basically don't throw the seeds on top of the dirt .
  • Bobbie
    on May 5, 2017

    Check out some of the YouTube videos.. They gives lots a great advice that you can look back on if you have any questions.
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