Begin by unrolling the sod along a straight edge or use a string line.
Install the new sod in a brickwork fashion staggering the seams. Please note the photo under sod tips to the right of the screen. Seams will disappear within a few weeks once the sod is rooted and established.
Sod pieces should be fit together snugly, with edges fitting tight together, but not overlapped, stretched or any edges pushed upwards.
Pieces should be flat on the ground with no buckled, rippled or overlapped pieces.
Use a sharp utility, carpet or linoleum knife to cut & trim pieces as needed.
Avoid walking or kneeling repeatedly on the sod as you are installing and during the watering process.
Do not water the topsoil prior to installing otherwise you will have a needless mess of wet mud. The top soil will be soaked during the watering process after installation.
Installing sod in rainy or very wet conditions: DO NOT use the sod to walk on, if the top soil is wet from rain or it is raining during the install. This causes air pockets & indentations resulting in brown patches and a bumpy lawn. Instead use wide planks or partial pieces of plywood to disperse your weight as you work in wet conditions. Lift and reset planks or plywood as you work.
If your sod has been installed properly, with care, in any & all weather conditions, it is not necessary to roll the sod after it has been installed.
It is not necessary to put topsoil along the seams or joints in the sod. We DO NOT recommend this practice.
It is crucial to water your new sod! Please do not wait for the rain to do it.
Please refer to the information that came with your sod order for more ideas and information.
Rolling newly installed sod is not completely necessary, especially if you have taken care to be sure pieces are making good contact with the top soil and the soil was packed with a roller before installing your sod.
Pushing and pulling a heavy roller over freshly installed sod may cause the pieces to shift, resulting in gaps & spaces between the pieces. Please do not roll sod right after the initial watering, this can result in your feet sinking into the soft wet soil and and leave indents, leaving you with a bumpy lawn.
NOTE: It is more important to water your new sod, than to spend time rolling sod and risk undoing your hard work!