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Heavy Rain After Spreading Topsoil

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Bill Jones, Jun 22, 2020.

  1. Bill Jones

    Bill Jones LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    I was planning on laying sod today, so I busted my hump to get 11 yards of fresh topsoil down yesterday. Then a storm blew through overnight dumping close to 2 inches of rain. Now the topsoil has what looks like a lot of wood chips on the surface. The sod farmer can't harvest due to the rain and now I'm delayed until later this week with more rain expected tonight. Based on this picture am I in trouble with the topsoil or will I be okay?

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  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,407

    Yes....sod needs to be tight to soil...especially in hot weather.
     
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    Bill Jones

    Bill Jones LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    What should I do to correct it before the sod delivers?
     
  4. takervader

    takervader LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 622

    Go out and scratch it up, get some dirt to the surface so its not all mulch, the topsoil was mostly fine ground mulch.

    I would not really fret over it so long as you have irrigation, just soak the hell out of the sod when it comes. It should be fine.
     
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    Bill Jones

    Bill Jones LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Should I take a leaf rake and take the mulch off so there's a good surface for contact? I have a little bit of topsoil left that I can spread around too. I plan to wait until they tell me the sod is being cut to spread it.
     
  6. rclawn

    rclawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,547

    spread an extra yard or so over it.
     
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  7. Cjames808

    Cjames808 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    That’s compost. Never seen wood chips make it in top soil.

    I’d rake and blow the chips off and add a bit or till it lightly before the sod.

    water it heavy after the sod install.

    watch the weather.
     
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    Bill Jones

    Bill Jones LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Isn’t tilling it while wet a bad idea?
     
  9. JLSLLC

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 20,333

    When you get the sod, use the rest of your soil you have, prep your areas with a rake, and get ready to lay the sod. Make sure the seams are tight, and also consider a liquid turf builder to spray onto it and water at the same time, read and follow the directions Thumbs Up

    Also don’t buy sod that’s been rolled up for more than 1-2 day tops,I go to the supplier where it’s cut fresh

    Best of luck.
     
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    Bill Jones

    Bill Jones LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Thoughts on putting liquid aeration on the soil before laying sod?
     

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