Sod Installation

Lawn Sodding Sod Installation St Louis MO

Sod installation in St. Louis, MO is not an easy feat. Thankfully, the professionals at TruLove Landscapes can help. While the common debate is between seeding or sodding, sodding has advantages such as being virtually free of weeds, not being susceptible to washing away if it is installed properly, and it offers a green lawn nearly instantly after the roots have been maintained and established. To begin sod installation, our professionals will measure the lawn and order the appropriate amount of sod. Ordering directly from a sod farm offers you better prices as the consumer.

To prepare the ground for the sod installation, we begin on the most laborious task. Leveling the ground is essential. This means that the ground is completely level all around where the sod will be laid, that it has been tilled, and that the area is free of rocks. A landscape rake is the optimum tool used to make this process easier. The first step in preparing for sod installation is leveling the ground. This requires that the soil is raked back and forth filling any holes, turning over each area, and shifting the dirt from higher areas to lower areas. Sod is often ½ inch to 1 inch thick. The ground should be edged and tapered back around any driveways, sidewalks, or roads so that when the sod installation begins, it will match with the borders instead of sticking above them. After this, a starter fertilizer is needed. This is based on climate, sod type, as well as region.

For the actual sod installation, stakes, string, box cutters, and wheelbarrows are needed. The  sod can be shaped in rolls of one square yard, short rolls, squares, or rectangles. Some rolls are 25-30 yards long. The border should be laid first to create straight lawn boundaries. Working from the border inward, the sod should be staggered, alternating rows so as to prevent washing out and to facilitate the growth. Keep the seams connected during sod installation. For hills, the sod should be placed horizontally along any slopes so as to prevent wash outs.

Once the sod installation is complete, the lawn should be watered until the soil is soft. For the next two weeks the sod will be rooting, and daily watering is required.