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What you need:
  • Sod (Add 10% to the total square footage of the area to be sodded)
  • Sharp knife
  • Lawn roller
  • Hose and sprinkler

First order the sod and prepare the soil .The day before the sod is to be delivered, water the soil thoroughly. When the sod arrives, begin laying it along the longest straight edge bordering the new lawn, next to a driveway, along a curb or down the side of the house.
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Lay the sod in rows following a "brick wall" or running bond pattern. Fit the pieces of sod together as tightly as possible without stretching them. Work with your back to the still-bare soil; avoid standing or kneeling on the sod as much as possible.
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To fit the sod around trees, walkways, or posts, cut it with a sharp knife or machete. A linoleum knife is ideal.
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When all of the sod is in place, roll it with a lawn roller to ensure good contact between sod and soil. A lawn roller is a large barrel that you half fill with water (to make it heavy) and pull over the turf. You can rent a lawn roller at your local rental center.
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Water with a sprinkler as soon as you've finished installing the sod, then lightly once a day (twice a day in hot weather) for the first two weeks. Water every other day for two weeks, gradually reducing the frequency until you're down to one thorough watering a week. Insufficient water is by far the biggest cause of failure.