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Sod Laying Tips

Written by Hilary on June 5th, 2008

This is the perfect time of year to be seeding or sodding a lawn. While seeding is the most cost effective, using sod is nice too, because you can have an instant lawn.

If, however, you have never put sod down before, dont’ worry. It’s not hard, and to help you out, here a couple of tips.

Laying the blocks:

Stagger the blocks of sod so they lay in a checkerboard fashion. The turf will knit together more neatly and quickly. The most natural way to do this is to start your second row with a half-block of sod.

Sodding on a slope:

On a slope, always lay the rows of sod across the slope, not up and down.

Patching up bare spots:

Try to do any patching on the inside of the lawn area. Pieces along the peripery should be whole, otherwise they can dry out and die.

Also, if you are patching as part of a renovation, like to cover an area where a tree was, you should use whole blocks of sod, even if the spot in need is smaller than that.

The smaller the piece, the harder it is to keep it alive. So try to cut out a spot big enough for an entire block of sod to be put down.

Having a healthy, green lawn is always a nice sight. So if you want one, now is a good time to do it!

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Have good week!


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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ruth says:

    Will the weed under the sod (turf) come through .. when I lay the sod.
    Could I lay the sod on newspaper so that the newspaper chokes out the weed

  2. Hilary says:

    Hi Ruth,

    Yes you can do that, but it won’t be the end of weeds forever.

    Unfortunately weeds seeds come in on the wind, or by birds or animals, so weeds in the lawn will always be a challenge.

    For more weed killing tips visit:

    Organic Weed Killer Tips

    We have several articles there to help with just this problem!

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