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Laying sod in a small are?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by C.J., Jul 16, 2012.

  1. C.J.

    C.J. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    I have never layed sod before, have a few clients that want it done in maybe a 10 sq ft area. any advice on the best methods and things to stay away from?
  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    Do not lay it all in a row where the seams match.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    The safest thing to do is prepare the bed correctly with clean loose soil to put the sod on... use topsoil/compost to cover the seams if you're unsure of success, then soak the sod down heavily... perhaps roll it, once the mud dries out enough to walk on then keep it moist for a week or so until it takes... I'd wait till it cools down first...
  4. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    i was always told, green side up.
  5. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    Sell them topsoil and seed,if it's that small an area it will never blend in and you'll have a patch there.
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,723

    Take a look at the sod "heat up" problem. Be sure you understand how sod has to be laid within hours.

    Be sure the customer is capable of watering it well And willing. Do not guarantee it as you cannot control watering.
  7. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    The prep. for sod and seed is the same.

    As some-one said, lay it out like "chimney bricks" so the seams don't all match up.

    (cut some pieces in half...go whole piece for one row and a half piece to start the next row.)

    Also, don't stretch it into place. Move the whole sod and wiggle it. If you stretch it, it will shrink like memory foam and leave the gaps.

    Match your seams up and smooth it. Once you're done, use a roller to smooth it all out.
  8. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,723

    And ...don't buy cheap sod. I recently bought some--and it had clumps of poa annua. And I have seed sod with grubs in the soil. No thanks to both. Disease resistance is a important. Necrotic ringspot is a possibility. Be sure to recommend the good stuff to your customer--and if he wants the run-of-the mill sod, fine; do not guarantee anything.

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