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Newly installed sod not flat

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by recycledsole, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,271

    Hey guys,
    Just installed some sod in a backyard and brought in 34 yards of topsoil to raise it up a little. slight grade, but nothing serious. I rolled the lawn before and after installing the sod- multiple times. I didn't tamp it or compact it because I know that compation is bad for grass. Some areas the dirt is approx. 12" high and other areas, 2-3 inches. The customer called me and said that the area is not even. Should I have rented a plate tamper or is the customer just being very picky?
    thanks I appreciate it
  2. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    Did you grade it at all
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    The best way to 'settle' new dirt is with flooding, then re-leveling, preferably with a tiller...
    A roller can't push lumps into valleys as well as water does, so when the waters do come, the uneven settling appears... :)
  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    You can roll it again if the soils damp enough to move. How many SF was the job? 34 yards is a lot, sounds like you we're filling with it when you should have graded the existing or brought fill an then put a layer of topsoil on the TOP
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  5. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,271

    the area had some above ground tree roots and they wanted the back of their back yard raised up a little which we did. We installed all the dirt, raked it out perfectly even, rolled it onec, twice three times, put the sod down, and rolled it twice after that.
    Im not sure the question did I grade it? I hope that answers it. Im going to go and see and ill keep you updated. Hopefully this will help others in the future
  6. GVL LLC

    GVL LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    in the future if you are going to raise a particular area up 12 inches then i would probably use 6 inches of fill and compact and then 6 inches of loam. Compact the fill in 2-3 inch lifts and then compact the soil in lifts as well but dont compact it as much as the fill so that the grass roots can thrive.

    What type of machine did you use to move and spread the soil? skid? tractor?
  7. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,271

    we used wheel barrows.
    makes sense, so anything more than 4 inches compact it. leave the top 3-4 inches loose, only rolled.
  8. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,493

    Yeah hate to say it but you're probably going to be putting new sod down. Unless you can pull it up and redo the base before it burns out

    If you tell me where you're at I can help you. I've asked you before. You're not competition to me. I have a lot of connects. We don't do any grass cutting. Just machine work and some landscaping
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  9. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,514

    That's a great offer and shows the good side of our business. I have a ton of relatives in Chesapeake Beach and stay at the Rod and Reel when I'm up there. Good folks.
  10. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,271

    Thanks for the offer. That is kind of you. I plan to take a look. If its that bad, ill take the sod up if I cant and compact the soil then put it back on. If its already rooted I am not sure what I could do. I think renting a plate tamper and tamping sod isn't a good idea..

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