How to Install

Installing sod is a great way to create a beautiful, lush lawn quickly.

How to Properly Install Sod So You Can Enjoy a Beautiful Lawn in No Time

Materials Needed:

  • Sod
  • Topsoil
  • Rake
  • Lawn roller
  • Garden hose or sprinkler
  • Lawn mower

Steps to Properly Install Sod

  • Step 1: Prepare the Soil Before laying sod, you need to prepare the soil. Start by removing any debris such as rocks or sticks from the area you want to sod. Then, loosen the soil with a rake to a depth of about 2-3 inches.
  • Step 2: Add Topsoil If your soil is poor quality or lacks nutrients, you may want to consider adding topsoil. Spread a layer of topsoil about 2-3 inches deep over the area where you plan to install the sod. Use the rake to spread the topsoil evenly.
  • Step 3: Lay the Sod Unroll the sod strips and lay them in straight lines, starting from the longest straight edge of the lawn area. Make sure the seams of the sod strips are tightly butted against each other without overlapping. Use a sharp knife or shears to cut and fit the sod around any obstacles like trees or flower beds.
  • Step 4: Water the Sod Immediately after laying the sod, water the area with a garden hose or sprinkler. You want to make sure the soil underneath the sod is wet but not waterlogged. Continue to water the sod for the first two weeks, keeping the soil moist but not overly saturated.
  • Step 5: Roll the Sod Use a lawn roller filled with water to press the sod firmly against the soil. This will help the roots establish contact with the soil and prevent air pockets from forming beneath the sod.
  • Step 6: Mow the Sod Wait about two weeks after laying the sod before mowing for the first time. Set the mower blade to the highest setting and cut no more than one-third of the grass blade height. This will encourage healthy growth and prevent scalping.


By following these steps, you can install sod and enjoy a beautiful, lush lawn in no time. Remember to keep the soil moist, and avoid walking on the sod for the first two weeks after installation. With proper care and maintenance, your new lawn will thrive for years to come.