Fresh, alive sod is turf grass that has been sheared out of the ground below the root line in strips at a turf farm, rolled up, and then transported for re-spreading. Sod may be used immediately after it has been laid down. In order to develop a fully grown and thick grass in a yard or field as quickly as possible, laying down sod is the best option. The customary method for laying sod involves unrolling strips of grass, which typically measure 18 inches by 6 feet, and then tucking them firmly together in such a way that the short ends of the strips do not match with those that are next to them. When installing sod on a slope, certain precautions need to be taken to prevent the newly laid grass from becoming disorganised and falling apart.
Ensure Your Preparations for Laying Sod on a Slope
You need to make sure that the slope and the surrounding regions where you will be putting down your sod are completely ready for turfing in order for the project to be a success. A quality grass soil should have good drainage, a pH that is between 6 and 7, and be devoid of weeds that may spread quickly. To determine the level of acidity in your garden, get a garden pH test kit from a local nursery or hardware shop. When new sod is set down on top of healthy soil, it is far more likely to take root and become firmly attached to the earth.
Spread Ground Limestone
To raise the pH of your current soil and boost its nutritional content, amend it with 1 pound of nitrogen-containing fertiliser per 1000 square feet of space and 50 pounds of crushed limestone per 1000 square feet of area. Both should be worked into the top four to six inches of the soil.
Add Turf Soil
Your current soil should be covered with prepared turf soil that has been purchased from a landscaping professional to a depth of between four and six inches, and then the surface should be raked until it is smooth. According to the website Order Sod Now, doing so will provide you with a level surface that is suitable for putting sod on a slope.
Lay the Sod Strips
If you are turfing any slopes, lay your sod in strips across the slopes so that they all run longitudinally and horizontally across the direction in which the slopes are sloping downhill. If you were to draw a line starting at the crest of the hill and going in the opposite direction as the slope, it would be perpendicular to the strips.
It is extremely vital that you arrange the strips lengthwise at a right angle to the direction of the downhill slope. Doing so makes it far less likely that the strips will become loose and fall out of place. When you are placing sod on the slope, stagger the strips so that the short ends of the pieces in one row do not line up with the short ends of the pieces in the following row. This will prevent the slope from seeming uneven.
Nail the Sod Strips to the Ground
A rubber mallet should be used to drive big steel garden staples or plastic pegs into the ground on sloping regions, after which your sod strips should be nailed into the earth. Put one peg in the ground at the short end of each strip that will be put across any sections with a slope.
It is important to make sure that the pegs go all the way through the sod and into the ground below, and that they also protrude from the sod by a couple of inches. This will allow you to locate and remove the pegs quickly after the grass has established its hold on the sod.
Irrigate the Turfed Lawn
After you have laid grass on your lawn, make sure that it gets enough of water and that you water it often. This will cause the sod to root more rapidly and become more stable without requiring any further support. Watering should be done daily for the first few weeks after sodding, and during very warm seasons, it should be done as often as twice or even three times each day.
The University of California advises that you water your lawn or garden just long enough at each session to wet the grass as well as the soil underneath it. You may verify this by inserting a screwdriver into the soil or by lifting a corner of one of the sod strips. When there is no rain, lawns that were seeded during the summer months in Sunset’s Climate Zones 10 to 18 will need a significant amount of supplemental watering.
Limestone that has been ground!!-!! Nitrogen-rich fertiliser
Fixtures vital to landscaping!!-!! Rubber mallet