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How to Install Sod
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Make a landscape plan taking into consideration rock, mulch, flower beds, trees, hardscapes and fences. Plan your work so you can access sod areas easily, leaving fence panels out and gates open. Paths through beds and rock areas can be completed and filled in after sod is installed. Our forklifts need 8’ access for placing pallets of sod in your yard.

Soil Preparation

Clear areas to be sodded of rock, concrete and debris. Spray with RoundUp® or a glyphosate product to kill any undesirable weeds or grasses and let sit 1 week. Repeat if necessary, then remove weeds by mowing, raking or scraping. Fill in any major depressions and rough grade for desired drainage.

  • Spread 3 to 6 yards of compost per 1,000 square feet of yard.
  • If possible, rip or dig area 7” to 10” deep to break up ground.
  • Till area 4” to 6” deep.
  • Roll, wheel pack, or water area to firm up tilled ground. Rain and snow fall will naturally settle tilled ground.
  • Good soil prep can help your yard use 20% to 40% less water.

Install Sprinkler System

A properly designed sprinkler system will conserve water, save time and money in the long run and add value to your home. Here are the benefits:

  • Apply water in a uniform, efficient manner
  • Water in the late evening, night and early morning when there is less evaporation and the water can soak in.
  • Water in multi cycles to prevent run-off and encourage deep rooting.
  • Water when you are not at home.

Fine Grade

Fine grade the lawn area after sprinkler system is installed with a landscape rake. Break up clods to less that 3/4” and remove any large rocks. Soil should be 1” below patios, sidewalks, driveways and edging. Fine graded area should be smooth and clump free. Sod will follow the contour of the ground and it is very difficult to adjust grade after the sod is installed.

Sod Installation

Install Sod Like Brickwork Staggering Each Row

Install sod like a brick pattern staggers seams.

  • Apply Green Valley Turf Co. 20-20-10 + Iron fertilizer to the bare ground before installing sod.
  • Start installing first line of sod slabs following a sidewalk, fence or edging to keep rows straight and minimize cutting. Cut the first slab of the next line in half so you can stagger the rows like brickwork. If you are installing sod on a hill, start at the bottom. This makes it easier to pull the sod into place and get a tight fit. If the hill is steep, anchor the sod in place with wooden stakes.
  • Pull slabs tightly together making sure ends and edges are butted together tightly. Open joints let air get to the roots along the edges causing them to dry out and wilt. Also, DO NOT OVERLAP as the same results will occur. Use a knife to cut sod around various obstacles such as beds and sidewalks. Fill in any small voids with pieces cut to fit the area. If you are working in hot weather, as soon as you have finished an area large enough to water, set a sprinkler and let it run while you are installing the next area. All sodded areas must be adequately watered as soon as possible. The dry climate of the front range can dry out new sod quickly.
  • Rolling the yard is not necessary but will help soil to sod contact. It will also smooth out minor imperfections of the grade if rolled when the ground below the sod is a little squishy and sod has been watered. Roll with the longest seams. This can be repeated a week or two later for ultra smooth turf areas.

New Sod Watering

The key to establishing new sod is to keep it properly watered for the first month. Immediately after installing sod, water thoroughly making it spongy to the step. The new sod should be kept thoroughly wet to a depth of 4" to 6" and watered 3 to 5 times a day during the first 7 to 14 days depending on the season. Lift a corner of the sod to determine the depth of moisture. The first week, it is very important to keep the new sod damp. During this time stay off the sod so it can take root and you do not sink in and leave depressions from your foot steps. During hot weather, sprinklers should run several times a day so the new sod never dries out. If allowed to dry out the sod will shrink, brown and can die. The roots of your new sod will penetrate the soil faster and root down sooner if properly watered. At the end of week 2, dry up the yard enough so you can mow.

The following 2 weeks are used to transition from frequent daily watering to fewer watering cycles per day and increase the number of days between watering. During week 3, start reducing watering to 1-3 times per day and skip a day between watering if new sod is not drying out. By week 4, water 1-2 times every other day. After week 4, your new yard should be ready to go 2-3 days between watering. Water your lawn in the evening, night and early morning when less evaporation occurs. To reduce run-off on hills and promote deep root growth, reduce watering times in half. One hour later, run the irrigation cycle again and apply the rest of the water. This allows the water to soak into heavy soils.

First Mowing

Your new lawn should be mowed at the end of week 2. If your new lawn reaches over 3 1/2”, mow off a third of the length even if it has not been two weeks. Do not cut shorter than 2" for the first few times mowing. Exercise caution the first time you mow so you do not damage or pull up the sod.

  • What a team. I was overwhelmed when the trucks pulled up and the equipment was unloaded. All the men worked so efficiently doing their jobs. I’m so happy to have the sod on my front lawn. I can’t thank you enough.  - Bunny D.

  • The entire crew were friendly, professional, and a first rate job. The staff was extremely helpful in discussing the RTF sod with me. The lawn looks great and I would recommend your company to anyone who has the need of your services  - Roger R.

  • The personnel were excellent. The deliveries were in the set time limits. The sod seemed to be in very good shape. It was laid the same day as delivery.  - Marvin S.

  • Great customer service. Friendly. Refreshing for a change.  - A Beautiful Home—Jason H.

  • Great customer service! Very pleasant and great to work with.  - Alexis P.

  • They were here when they said they would. Easy to work with & I like their work.  - Thomas B.

  • I am happy with the sod. The workers did a great job installing the sod – they were courteous and were expedient.    - Helen K.

  • Customer service is awesome!  - The Greener Side—Dave C.

  • 5 Stars Very friendly. Good customer service.  - Arnold I.

  • 5 Stars Great sod, delivered on time, unbeatable, fair price. Thanks a lot for making a tough job easier.  - Jim K.

  • 5 Stars Thermal Blue sod installed 3-4 years ago in my very sunny backyard. It has done very well and looks great—it loves lots of sun as you advertised.   - Kim T.

  • 5 Stars 2 thumbs up!  - Dennis O.

  • 5 Stars Timely, quick, professional! Great Job  - Kris J.

  • 5 Stars Great crew and job – Thank you  - Jeff D.

  • 5 Stars We really appreciate scheduling flexibility, value, and efficient installation. Your crew was finished laying our sod in record time, and three weeks later the yard is green, lush, and without visible seems already. Thanks.  - William A.

  • 5 Stars "Everyone was great. Thanks."  - Ron P.

  • 5 Stars Love your facility. Product rocks!  - Kevin H.

  • 5 Stars—I would give you a higher rating if you had it available Your staff is professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. Clean, organized operation. Love it and my yard too!  - Debra B.

  • I would like to let you know that my husband and I greatly appreciated the quick, professional, and problem–free installation of our grass-sod! Working with your company was a pleasure from the beginning to the end! The ladies at the front desk were very informative and will get whomever you need to speak with. The office staff never got tired of all of my many questions. The crew was fantastic! I give them an A++++. They were very methodical and organized. Much care was given to each individual piece of sod. The sod was cut correctly and enough dirt was placed. The entire crew worked very hard and the end result was gorgeous!!!!" Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  - Susan and Ralph

  • 5 Stars The sod I received was exceptionally healthy, green, and weed free. The service was number one as always.  - Jim N., Integrity Landscape

  • Thank You! So far so good. The underside of the sod is thick with zillions of thin white roots. Love the look of the grass and doing business with you was both a pleasure and professional. (RTF Sod Install)  - Sincerely, Ruth Ann

  • Wonderful Sod Great quality, great people, great experience. Will be using them in the future!  - Anonymous

  • AA+ I'm glad I drove extra 5 miles to buy sod from here!! I drove additional 5 miles to get here from other places that sell sod - it was worth the drive! Everyone was very helpful and the sod quality was MUCH better than the ones I bought elsewhere!  - Anonymous

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