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Sod Questions? We Have The Answers!

December 2, 2020
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As a trusted landscaping provider in Edmonton, many of our customers come to us with questions. Sod is a particularly tricky subject. In this post, we’ll answer some of the most commonly asked questions about laying sod!

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Can You Water New Sod Too Much?

In order to make sure the roots of new sod take to the ground, you will need to water fresh sod more than established grass. However, with that said, it’s important that you do not over-water sod as this may result in fungus, damage, disease, or simply prevent the roots from taking hold of the ground beneath. 

But exactly how much should you water new sod? Let’s take a look at the watering guidelines for the first four weeks after fresh sod has been laid (provided by sodlawn.com).

Day 1: Immediately after your sod is laid, it should be watered. This initial watering should last between 45 and 60 minutes. On the same day, you should include two more watering sessions that span about 15 to 20 minutes each. 

Day 2 (and Next 2 Weeks): water your sod twice a day for 15-20 minutes each session. 

Week 3: by this point, one 15-20 minute session per day should suffice. 

Weak 4: you may begin watering your lawn every other day. Pay attention to the weather as well. If it has been really hot and dry, you might need more water. If it has rained a lot, you’ll need less. 

Do I Need to Rototill Before Laying Sod?

You should always spend some time preparing the soil before laying new sod. This will increase the chances that the sod roots will take to the ground. If you are only laying sod in a small area, you can probably get away without rototilling the ground. Instead, use a garden hoe or rake to work the soil around. 

However, if you are laying sod over a large area – such as an entire yard – it’s always a good idea to rototill the space. 

Keep in mind that after tilling the earth, you need to make sure the ground is level before laying your sod. This will help prevent any uneven levels on your lawn. 

Do I Need Topsoil for Sod?

Although not essential, it’s usually a good idea to lay topsoil before installing sod. Doing so will increase the soil’s water and nutrient holding capacity, reducing the intervals needed between watering and fertilizing. 

Can I Lay Sod Over Grass?

It’s never a good idea to lay sod over existing grass. If you do so, the roots on the new sod will not be able to grow through the old grass and will therefore never make contact with the topsoil. This means that the sod will dry out and die very quickly. 

Where Can I Find Sod in Edmonton?

If you’re looking for sod in Edmonton, Earth & Turf Landscaping has you covered. Our experienced team takes care of the entire process, including clearing the land, levelling the ground, laying the sod, and final alignment. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you work towards the lawn of your dreams!