Before planting sod, the soil preparation is an important step in the process. Below I have listed the steps for preparing your yard for sod installation. If you employ these steps before laying your new sod, it will save a number of headaches down the road.
- Preparing your soil is necessary to establishing a drought-tolerant lawn. Soil preparation can only be done once before laying your sod.
- Clear all weeds and debris from area. (Use Round-Up or other weed killers to remove weeds. Follow all warnings and guidelines on product.)
- Spread at least one 50-lb. bag of BioGrass Suståne® (4-6-4) per 2,000 square feet.
- Rototill BioGrass Suståne evenly 3 inches deep into existing soil. This is very important to maintaining deep root systems and proper water run-off.
- Level and grade entire area. Soil should be graded to about one inch below concrete.
- Water soil to allow proper settling of ground.
- Rake and level low spots left from soil setting.
- I recommend installing an automated sprinkler system if you don’t already have one before the sod is laid.
- Lightly rake soil before installation to allow proper contact between sod and soil.