Sod Installation Tips

Sod Installation Tips

STEP 2: Get Measurements

Use measuring tape or a rolling measurement tool to measure the length and width of the areas you wish to sod. Divide the yard into rectangular sections and calculate the square footage by multiplying length times the width of the area measured.
length x width = square feet of sod needed. Most professional round up 10% due to shrinkage after installation and scrap when cutting pieces for edges, corners, etc.
For odd lawn shapes, you can divide the area into triangles or circles and get the square footage that way.
How to calculate area of different shapes:

  • Rectangles: Length x Width
  • Triangles: (1/2) x Base x Height (as if it were a rectangle, then divide in half)
  • Circles: Pi x Radius (the distance from the center point to the edge) Squared (eg. 3.14159265 x (10)2 )

STEP 3: Order Your Sod!

Buy sod online or call us at 407-240-1023 (Orlando) or 321-209-4888 (St. Cloud) to place an order and schedule delivery!

STEP 4: Prepare Your Soil

Prepare your yard by grading so that the ground slopes away from foundations and buildings to avoid drainage problems.
If replacing an existing lawn, destroy the current vegetation with a product such a QuikPro.
Water heavily to see if water puddles in any low spots. Add soil or regrade if water accumulates in certain areas. Keep soil surface at least 1/2 inch below sidewalks and driveways, as the sod itself is 1-2 inches tall.
If you tested your soil and need to apply fertilizers or balance the pH, rake these products in now.

STEP 5: Install Your Sod

If you are the DIY type, see below. If you are hiring a professional to do the installation for you, grab a drink and relax!
Water the area breifly to dampen the soil. Start laying sod as soon as you can after delivery.
In hot weather, protect unlaid sod by placing in the shade. It can get extremely hot in the middle of a pallet!
Start by laying sod along a long straight border, such as a driveway or sidewalk. Make sure to push (kicking even works) the edges against each other firmly - the sod will shrink after installation. You may stretch the sod lightly. Do not allow any gaps, but also avoid overlaping pieces. It is recommended to stagger the joints in each row in a brick-like fashion.
If you have any slopes, place the sod pieces perpendicular to the slope, not horizontally with the slope.
Optionally roll the entire area to improve sod/soil contact and to remove air pockets. This isn't very common in our area, but some people like to do it. In the long run, it is not a major factor in the health of your lawn.

STEP 6: Water, Water, Water!

You will want to water your new lawn within 30 minutes of installation. Sod is a living product and needs extra water when it is not yet rooted.
Water twice daily for about 30 minutes each, keeping sod moist until it is firmly rooted. Gently lift a piece of sod to determine if you are watering enough to wet the original soil below the sod.
After about a month, you will water less frequently.
See our Sod Care page for more details on the ongoing maintenance of your sod! Click here.

STEP 7: Mow

You may begin mowing as soon as your sod has rooted enough that mowing does not displace it. If you new sod is too high by the time for the first cut, do not cut it too short, but gradually and deliberately lower the cut-height over the next several mowings.
See our Sod Care page for more details on the ongoing maintenance of your sod! Click here.