Sodding your lawn or commercial green spaces is definitely the way to go if you want instant grass. Good quality turf sod takes as little as 3 weeks to establish itself into a lush lawn.
Grass sod is available for nearly all cool and warm season grasses, and mixtures of the two. Most sodding today is harvested and cut into either into rolls 18 x 36”.
Professional sod installation from the experts at Nature’s Image is done within 24 hours of when your sod is harvested. This produces optimal results, as long as the sod is well- watered and cared for until it is well-established. We perform sod installation for residential and commercial clients throughout Baltimore and Harford counties.
Sodding is not inexpensive, but may be worth the expense for small spaces, or when you need grass in a hurry. Sodding for commercial locations gives a good first impression, where a new grass seed application covered by straw might be a less visually appealing.
After a visit to your location, we will recommend the best sod for your area, take measurements and give you an estimate. The estimate will include expected costs for site preparation, the sod itself, and installation costs. You can’t just throw sod down on heavily compacted soil (like near a newly constructed house) and expect it to do well.
Preparation for sod installation includes:
- Taking a soil sample to check the pH and determine if soil amendment is needed
- Killing of existing weeds and grass, if necessary
- Tilling and grading the area for optimal water runoff
- Spreading any soil amendments or top soil
- Second tilling and installation of water sprinklers, if you wish
- Light watering of the area
- Watering enough to penetrate two inches of soil.
New Sod Care
There are several important aspects to new sod care. In the first two weeks, avoid traffic of any kind on the sod.
Watering needs to begin as soon as installation of your new sod has begun. Water slowly enough to avoid run-off, but long enough to soak through the sod pad onto the ground below. This may be monitored by looking under the corners of the sod around this area. The ground should be damp, but not muddy. Pay special attention to exposed areas, as these are sometimes missed. The edges will also dry out faster, so keep an eye on them. The best time to water is early morning or late afternoon.
This manner of watering will need to continue for at least two weeks. Frequency of watering will depend entirely on air temperature and rainfall. During this time, the area will be very soft, so it is very important to redirect foot traffic (both human and pet) away from this area.
After two weeks, begin to lengthen the time between watering. After about three weeks, your sod should be rooted and able to fend for itself.
If your sod is installed in May or later, this area will need to be watched during the summer months for signs of drought stress. If the new sod is turning brown, but when you pull on it, it is firmly rooted, it is probably suffering from drought stress. This will extra watering.
Once we have installed your sod, Nature’s Image would be happy to begin a landscape maintenance program with you, to ensure the health of your new sod.
To discuss or schedule sod installation, call us today at 410-477-5320, or contact us.