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KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - LAY DOWN SOME SOD FOR A BEAUTIFUL LAWN

Sod can be used for the smallest patching or you can do an entire lawn. It can be expensive if you are doing an entire lawn so it can be helpful to learn how to prepare the soil and care for it after lying.

You want a good base for the sod roots to grow into. We have heavy clay soil around Chicago, we need to add topsoil, compost and sand to the soil to make it more likely the roots will grow. Lay the sod down paying attention to putting the seams as close together as possible.

Water is the most important thing to assuring that roots will grow. For the first two days water thoroughly, two inches at least. Place an empty can nearby to check. Make sure the soil underneath the sod is completely wet. This will encourage the roots of the sod to reach down and grow.

After the second day of watering, roll the sod with a sod roller. Newer models have water filled wheels which are definitely easier to handle than the old concrete rollers. See if you can borrow one from a neighbor or friend. If you can’t find one to borrow they are available at your neighborhood Home and Garden Centers. Pay special attention to the seams, they are the first to dry out and curl up.

Water the sod every other day for the next week or so. Then it will be time for the first mow, even if it looks like it doesn’t really need it. It will naturally have spots that are longer so it needs to be evened out. Never cut the grass shorter than three inches. Leave it longer if the weather is very hot.

KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 12:28 PM by Dean's Team

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