How to Prepare the Ground for Laying Sod


Sod is commercially grown grass that is harvested in strips with the root systems held in place by soil from the farming site. Areas that are not prepared properly for sod can have issues such as puddling, slow rooting sod and weeds. Prepare your yard properly to ensure that your sod really is an instant lawn.

Step 1

Rake the entire yard and remove any rocks, debris, grass, weeds and litter.

Step 2

Irrigate the entire yard with two inches of water, and pay close attention to any areas where the water puddles.

Step 3

Fill the areas where water puddles with course sand to level out the yard.

Step 4

Roll over the entire yard with a half filled water roller to press down the dirt.

Step 5

Dampen the dirt before placing a sod patch down, then spray the patch again after the sod is in place.

Step 6

Roll over the entire yard once the sod is installed to press in the roots.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Hose
  • Coarse sand
  • Water roller


  • "Taylor's Weekend Gardening Guide to Safe and easy Lawn Care: The Completel Guide to Organic, Low-Maintenance Lawns"; Barbara W. Ellis; 1997.
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