Few things are as exciting as watching grass grow in the yard of a house you’ve just purchased. The only thing more exciting is watching Deltona sod being laid down over ground you’ve prepared. What should homeowners know about preparing the site for the laying of new sod?
Why Homeowners Should Strip The Site
Sod is a living thing – it has to take root to grow. If homeowners slap it down over existing grass, the sod may or may not take root. It would be easier to do if the homeowner takes the site down to naked dirt.
The homeowner should then till the soil, even mixing topsoil with the existing soil. The dirt should look as if it was always like that. If the soil doesn’t have the required nutrients, add them. Then re-till the soil so it’s ready for the sod. Fluff it up with a rake, because sod grows better in soil that isn’t compacted.
Sod is cut into rolls. Some are cut into square or rectangular pieces. The sod grower needs exact measurements so he’ll know how to cut the sod. The object of the exercise is to cut the sod so that the finished product will look like an ordinary yard.
Homeowners can’t order sod without knowing the measurements of the yard. If you order too much, the sod will overlap. Order too little, and you’ll have gaps of dirt between cuts of sod. Careful measurements are a must.
Make Sure The Lawn Is Level
While homeowners are digging up the dirt, they should ensure the yard is level. The soil should be one inch beneath a paved surface, such as a sidewalk or a driveway. Fill in dips in the lawn and level out any high spots. Dampen the soil slightly so the sod can stretch its roots.