Prep the AreaA good foundation makes all the difference
When the area is clean of dead material, it is time to prepare the soil for your new sod. This is best done with a rototiller and a stiff metal garden rake (not a flexible leaf rake)
- Remove rocks and other debris with the garden rake.
- For best results, add organic soil amendments at a rate of 3-5 yards per 1,000 square feet.
- Rototill the area 6 to 8 inches deep. Rototillers can be rented at many rental yards and home improvement centers.
- Work the soil, level and smooth with rake.
- For best results, compact the soil with a roller. Rollers can be rented at many rental yards and home improvement centers. A roller can be used after sod installation to improve contact with the soil.
- Final grade should be 1 inch below walkways and driveways.
- Spread area with starter fertilizer at rate recommended on the label (except in the summer – it creates disease problems).