Can a Homeowner Install Sod?

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Can a Homeowner Install Sod?

The fresh air and dewy mornings of springtime often bring homeowners outside, encouraging them to take care of the chores that are put off for the long, cold winter. After months underneath the Colorado snow, it is hard for a yard to shine bright. Even the most dedicated lawn care workers will have to start fresh in the spring, working to turn the grass green and bring the lush landscape back to their property.

Laying down sod is one of the most rewarding chores to take on early in the spring. It is one of the jobs that will lead to an instant impact and immediate success, turning a yard from being brown and barren to green and full of life.

 

Laying Sod as a Homeowner

 

While there are plenty of homeowner chores that do require an expert, such as laying new roofing tiles or managing your irrigation, laying sod is a task that can typically be done by just about anyone. Working with an expert to make sure that you choose the right kind of sod for the climate that you are in and ensuring that you order the right amount for your property line are two of the main tasks that you’ll want expert opinions on before starting.

If you are going to lay sod for the first time, make sure that you read up on tips as to how to lay sod most effectively. You’ll need to make sure that you’ve balanced your soil to the right pH, as nutrients in the soil can occasionally get depleted over the long winter. Then you’ll want to make sure that the dirt is aerated, which you can do by hand or with a machine, depending on the size of your plot. Experts are also available to help with this process, but it can be done as a weekend job for homeowners.

 

By the time your lawn is ready to lay down the sod, you should feel quite accomplished, unrolling the sod in straight lines that are wedged together closely. The final step is watering the new grass so that it takes root. You’ll need to water the grass daily for the first few weeks, so it could be helpful to set your sprinklers on an automatic timer once you put the sod down.

 

The short answer is that yes, homeowners can install sod themselves, but you don’t need to if you don’t want to. Working with an expert can help you make sure that your lawn is in tip-top shape all spring and summer.

 

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