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The 3 Things You Should Do Before Your Sod Install

The grass has always been greener on the other side of the fence, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. You too can have fresh green grass with a brand new sod install. Not only will it amp up your home’s natural beauty, but it will make a great first impression when it comes time to sell. Whether you choose the do-it-yourself route or hire a company to professionally install your sod there are a couple of things you might want to consider before placing that brand new sod on your property.
1. Clear Existing Plant Life
This may seem obvious, but in order for your sod to get the best start in life you need to carefully and completely remove all other plant life, including the roots. If you pull out the top of a plant or weed and leave the roots, you risk it growing back. Before sod is installed you want a clean and clear palette to work from.

2. Grade Your Property
If you’re putting sod on top of soil that has previously not had grass, you may want to consider grading your yard to ensure that water can easily flow toward the street. An improperly graded lawn can cause any number of issues. First, it can cause water to flow toward your house and potentially cause mold or water damage issues. It can also cause water to pool in your yard which is highly damaging to new sod and existing grass. Before you take on this task by yourself, consult with a professional. An improperly graded lawn can cause expensive, long term issues.

3. Fertilize The Soil
Once you’ve cleared your yard and ensured that it is graded properly you’ll want to fertilize the soil before your sod install begins. Since you are making a significant investment in your new sod it only makes sense that you would also invest in the soil beneath it to give your sod the best chance of thriving. Choose a fertilizer that is made especially for sod installations as they slowly release the exact amount of phosphorus and nitrogen that your new grass needs.

Anytime you’re making a big investment in your home we recommend that you hire an experienced professional to ensure that you get your money’s worth. Too often well-meaning do-it-yourselfers end up spending good money on a pallet of sod that ends up crunchy and brown just a few weeks later. But whether you choose to DIY your sod or call up a pro, it’s very important that the prep work is done to make your yard and healthy environment for sod to grow and thrive. For more information about our sod install services, contact us today.