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Becoming the Sodfather

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

One of the best materials for a truly lush lawn is sod. Sod is a durable and low maintenance substance that looks great most of the year. Sod is also a do-it-yourself project that takes very little knowledge. Just follow these simple tips and you will be assured that your sod will transform your lawn.

Sod is one of the most underrated lawn products on the market today. For those homeowners who don't want the hassle of seeding and caring for the more traditional lawn types, sod is a Godsend. Aside from frequent watering, sod takes very little effort to maintain. And the look and feel of a sod lawn makes it a great surface for homeowners with families and pets. Here are some simple instructions on how to lay sod around your home in order to get the maximum benefit from it. If you need additional help, go to your local home and garden center.
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Sodding Your Lawn

  • Your Lawn Should Be Tilled. Make sure that the workable soil area is at least one inch below sidewalks and sprinkler heads. Moisten the soil beforehand so that it is firm but pliable. Over watering during this stage will create a messy soil that is too difficult to work with.
  • Before Laying Your Sod. Using a lawn rake, rake the soil evenly before you begin laying your sod. This will even out any slopes as well as loosen up the dirt so that sod roots have an easier time anchoring into the soil and sprouting upward.
  • Laying Your Sod. Start laying your sod along a long straight edge, such as a sidewalk or driveway. Push pieces up against each other so that there is no gap in spacing. Also, stagger your pieces so that they don't all join along the same sod line.
  • Roll Your Sod. The final step is to roll your sod with a lawn roller. If you need to, you can rent one from your home and garden center. This will firmly press the new sod into place and allow it to begin the process of anchoring into the new soil.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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