How To Lay Sod in Spring

Rolled sod image by Priwo,


Spring is the perfect time to lay sod. After the last frost, when the world is coming back to life, you can put down a brand new lawn and let it get a head start for the long hot months of summer ahead. While it is hard work, as sod is very heavy, it is also worth the effort.

Step 1

Choose they types of sod you want to lay depending on your climate. There are a variety of warm season and cool season grasses to choose from.

Step 2

Prepare your soil. Pull all the weeds out at the roots. Remove all rocks with a rake. Add manure or compost to the soil and work it in to a depth of at least four inches, giving you a nice thick layer of top soil for the grass to feed on.

Step 3

Measure and cut the sod into the right dimensions for your lawn. If you have an irregular-shaped lawn, be sure to account for that in the cutting.

Step 4

Roll out the sod in a straight line. Take your time to get it right. Each subsequent piece of sod should touch the last piece of sod laid with no dirt showing in between. Make sure they are as close to each other as if possible. Repeat with all the sod until the lawn is filled in.

Step 5

Water your new lawn every day, 10 to 15 minutes a watering, for the first two weeks. After that, water your lawn every other day for 10 minutes a watering.

Step 6

Stay off the sod for two weeks to allow the grass a chance to take root without disturbances.

Things You'll Need

  • Sod
  • Cleared land
  • Manure or compost


  • How to Lay Sod

Who Can Help

  • Types of Sod Lawns
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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photo by: Priwo,