- Clear the site of rocks and debris larger than 2 inches in diameter.
- To prevent potential drainage issues, you can rough grade the area, sloping gently away from your home's foundation and filling in low-lying areas.
- Break up the dirt with a rototiller, to at least 2 inches in depth.
- Amend the soil by adding topsoil, improving its permeability and water retention.
- At this point, you can add a base fertilizer.
- Finally, lightly tamp or roll the ground to create an even surface.
It is also important to know how much sod you will need. W & V Landscaping sod installation services in Baltimore, MD can help you do the correct calculations. Once you are ready for the installation, we'll get it done in no time.
Caring For Your New Lawn
Installing the sod on the day of delivery with W & V Landscaping sod installation services in Baltimore County, MD is very important for successful establishment. It is living grass that needs water, nutrients, and air to survive.
W & V Landscaping sod installation services in Baltimore, MD recommends that you water your new sod within a half hour after installation. Apply enough to wet the soil 3 to 4 inches below the surface. Be sure to reach every part of the new sod, giving attention to areas beyond the reach of your sprinkler system. Be aware of sections close to buildings, since the reflected light can dry out the sod faster.
If you notice water runoff occurring, shut off the water and wait for up to an hour, allowing it to soak in. Repeat this process until you are certain the soil is adequately damp. W & V Landscaping sod installation services in Baltimore County, MD insists for the next 2 weeks, water up to 3 times daily to maintain dampness in the soil. If the weather is hot, keep this up for a few weeks. This encourages the turf to knit its roots into the new soil. Reduce the amount of foot traffic on the sod while its root system is developing. Continue to water the lawn weekly, or more often when there is particularly high wind or heat. It is preferable to water deeply each time. The roots will only grow as far into the soil as is the water supply. The more deeply the grass is rooted, the better it can tolerate periods of drought.