How to Plant New Sod

Overview

Sodding your lawn is one of the main methods of planting grass, whether you need an entirely new lawn or bare patches touched up. New sod is relatively easy to install and can be planted at any time for a lush, green lawn in hours. Sod can be quite expensive, however, and may have difficulty bonding with your soil. Here are keys for planting new sod to ensure best results.

Step 1

Prepare the soil for the new sod, whether the entire yard or just bare areas. Remove any weeds, stones or broken roots. Use a rake to loosen the top 2 inches of soil, then level it out.

Step 2

Make sure your new sod is healthy and not dried out. It should be moist around the edges with no cracks and bright green. Before laying it down, mist the edges with water from a spray bottle.

Step 3

Lay the new sod carefully in rows in the planting area, keeping each row straight. Start at one edge of the yard and line up each piece so edges are side by side.

Step 4

Keep the rows close together, but don't overlap the sod. To create sod patches for smaller areas, use a sharp knife to cut off pieces to fit into edges or curves.

Step 5

Add good quality potting soil in any small gaps and around the edges to fill in and provide a growing environment for new grass roots.

Step 6

Go over the newly planted sod with a lawn roller once you have planted all the pieces. The roller will firmly press down the sod pieces so roots make contact with the ground.

Step 7

Water the sod thoroughly right after planting, soaking through to the roots.

Things You'll Need

  • Sod
  • Rake
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Soil
  • Knife
  • Lawn roller
  • Water

References

  • All About Lawns: Planting Sod
  • Yard Care: Building a Lawn
Keywords: laying sod, planting sod, lawn sod preparation

About this Author

Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.