Laying sod in your backyard is a great way to get large patches of healthy lawn without having to grow grass from seed. Here are some tips for installing sod in your backyard if you intend to do it yourself.
Prepare Your Soil
One of the first things you need to do when you intend to install sod is to prepare the soil. The top several inches of the soil needs to be loosened so that the sod can be installed properly. You can loosen it by using a rototiller. If you don't have a rototiller, renting one should also be an option. After you have loosened the soil, apply some organic compost over the top layer of soil. It is also recommended that you increase drainage by adding some sand on top of the compost. You can then test the pH level of the soil to determine if it will need fertilizer or not.
Level the Ground
Once your soil has been tested and prepared for the sod, you will then need to level the ground. Take a sturdy rake, preferably one made of iron or another durable metal, and take down the high spots of the ground. Now use those knocked-down areas to fill in the low areas of soil on the ground, leveling it out properly. Keep going around the surface of the ground to level it out as much as you can. Then dampen the soil by watering it. The soil should be damp, but not completely soaked through.
Begin Installing the Sod
You should be ready to install the sod by the time it is delivered to your home. It is important to install it right away and get it watered so it doesn't dry out. Sod is a living plant, so it requires watering and installing properly in order to thrive in your backyard. To lay sod, start with the back edge of your yard, and install the first row of sod here. You will then level out the sod and follow it by adding the next rows down until you have covered the entire yard. You want to push the edges against each other so you don't have any gaps in the sod. Staggering the rows similar to brick is a good method to use when laying sod. Just make sure none of them overlap.
Once you have installed all of the sod, you then need to water all of the sod thoroughly and continue doing so for the next few weeks. Click here for more info about the process.