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Some tips for sodding the lawn

By Jakob Jelling

Sodding the lawn is usually a hard task, but which can be very rewarding after is done. There are several important steps to have in mind at the time of sodding the lawn ourselves, since failing in some steps might end up causing a loss of effort, money and time.

Before actually sodding the lawn, you should make sure the soil is ready for it. In order to prepare the soil for the sodding, you should search for and remove any kind of debris and rocks you might find, and apply corrective fertilizer to it following the specific indications the products might bring.

It is important to keep in mind that in order to achieve the best results possible, the soil should be moist but not muddy. This way, the best time of the year for sodding the lawn is during the last weeks of spring or the first weeks of autumn. Summer can be a good moment too, since if the soil is too dry we can water it until it is as we need it, but avoid sodding the lawn during winter time.

There also are several tips you might want to have in mind during the sodding process itself. You should place the strips of sod in such a way that the ends are in contact but without overlapping. Besides this, it is important to avoid stretching the strips, since it might cause it to crack and this will become more noticeable as time passes by.

Once you have finished placing the strips on the right place and everything looks ready, you should roll the sod, ideally with a lawn roller. Next, you should water it as thoroughly as possible. You should continue watering your new lawn every day for at least three weeks, ideally during the afternoon. After that time, you should still make sure it receives enough water, and when it does not, such as during long dry summer weeks, you should water it yourself. Besides this, and in order to maintain your lawn as healthy as possible, it can be helpful to apply fertilizer every few months.
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