Laying Sod

  • How Long Should You Wait to Use Herbicides on Fresh Sod?

    How Long Should You Wait to Use Herbicides on Fresh Sod?Sod is transplanted mature turf that is grown on a farm, and then rolled out like a rug on your property. Sod provides an easy option for instantly cultivating a lush, green yard. But to ensure the health and longevity of the grass, sod needs time to take root after being laid in your lawn.  

    Premium, high-quality sod is typically weed-free when you receive it. However, weeds may appear when you lay new sod over soil that already contains live weeds. If weeds appear in your new sod, you need to exercise caution before using herbicides to control them.  


    Timing is Important 


    Fresh sod needs time for its roots to anchor into the soil and spread out and grow. Sod is vulnerable when you first roll it out, and thus must be protected damage due to mishaps. Before applying herbicides to sod, then, give it at least three weeks to establish itself in your lawn. If possible, pull up weeds manually rather than using herbicides during this critical period of growth. However be careful not walk on newly planted sod if to wet, it could disturb your finial grade.  


    What Kind of Weed Killer Should I Use?  


    Make sure the weed killer you pick is labeled for use on the turf species in your lawn. Consider a selective post-emergent herbicide in a spray bottle or tank sprayer  with a controllable stream; this way, you can easily spot-treat the weeds in your new sod. 


    Pre-emergent herbicides prevent weeds from growing, but if you lay sod in spring or fall it may be too late to use this kind of herbicide. You could use it the next year if needed, but once your sod is down, focus on post-emergent herbicides instead. Just take care to focus on the isolated weeds to avoid causing collateral damage to the surrounding turf.  


    For more helpful advice on how to care for your new sod, check out our complete care guidelines here. 

  • Repair Your Lawn With Sod in Sacramento

    Repair Your Lawn With Sod in SacramentoWhen we discuss the virtues of sod, we typically talk about how easy and affordable it is to use to quickly establish an entirely new lawn. Rather than spending months caring for seed and hoping it will grow in healthy and weed-free, sod allows homeowners to get a big head start on the grass-growing process.

    But growing a whole new lawn isn’t the only reason to use sod. You can use smaller pieces of sod to repair unsightly damage to your lawn as well. Maybe you had a guest drive across your lawn and tear up the turf adjacent to your driveway. Or maybe you’ve got a new puppy who decided to practice digging in the back yard. Whatever the source of the damage, sod is an inexpensive, easy way to restore the affected parts of your lawn.

    Start by Assessing the Damage  

    Measure the area of the damaged section of lawn, and plan to purchase a piece of sod about 1/3 larger than that area. It’s always better to have extra material, rather than not enough. Be sure to order a species of sod that’s similar, if not identical to the grass that’s already in your lawn.

    Next, Prep the Area

    Before lay your new sod, use a hoe and rake to remove any remaining dead grass from the damaged area. Rake slightly past the edges of the damaged area if necessary to form an even rectangular patch of soil for the sod to rest on. Dig about ¾ of an inch down, and apply a fresh layer of compost or peat moss to provide the new sod with added nutrients. Finally, water the area, and then tamp it down to ensure the soil is level with the rest of your lawn.

    Laying the Sod  

    Before you lay your new sod, use a sod cutter or sharp utility knife to cut the sod to fit the space. Again, bear in mind that you can always cut more material away, but you can’t add material. Once you’ve cut the sod to the appropriate size, lay it on the soil and “knit” the edges of the sod to the adjacent grass by folding and pressing them together. Press the sod down so that it’s level with the rest of your lawn, and then water it thoroughly.

    Once you’re done laying the sod, just follow our new sod care guidelines until it’s matured and firmly rooted in the soil. And there you have it! In just a few simple steps, you can have that damaged patch of your lawn looking good as new.

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