Sod Installation Tips

Follow these steps to ensure the healthiest, most efficient turf installation process:

Installing Sod
TUFF TURF TIP: Schedule your turf delivery AFTER your soil and site is prepared and ready. Prompt installation on the SAME DAY is crucial.

TIPS for Maintenance and Installation:

Measuring Area for Sod

Turf Caculator Square

Square or Rectangle

Length and width are required to determine area. A = l x w

Turf Calculator Triangle

Triangle

Right angle triangle area requires base and height measurement. A = bh/2

Turf Calculator Circle

Circle

Circle area requires the radius measurement. A = πr²

For irregular shapes, break down the areas into rectangles, right triangles, or circles, then calculate.

TUFF TURF TIP: We recommend adding 5-10 percent extra to allow for angles and edging (can have the tips maybe highlighted or different text. Something to make it stand out rather than only plain text.)

Site Preparation

  1. Clear the site and eliminate all weeds and grass
  2. Eliminate severe slopes and any low-lying areas
  3. Slope area away from buildings to ensure proper drainage
  4. Till area to a 2-inch depth to help control annual weeds and soil compaction
  5. Add 4-6 inches of good quality, weed free topsoil
  6. Roll the area with a lawn roller that is half full of water to firm and settle the area
  7. Finish raking the area, if necessary
TUFF TURF TIP: Allow 1 inch depth along sidewalks and driveways so turf will lie flush. Light watering can help settle soil and expose low areas.

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Turf Care

Watering

Are there any special tips and tricks I should know for keeping my lawn hydrated and healthy?

New Turf

TUFF TURF TIP: Water turf with at least 1 inch of water, within 30 minutes of installation. Make sure all edges are watered!

Water daily or more to keep turf moist

Keep turf moist for approximately 10 days to 2 weeks, or until the roots are firmly established.

To check if roots are established, pick a piece of turf, preferably in the corner, and lightly pull up a small piece to see if the roots are grabbing. If the corner lifts easily, with no resistance, then it hasn’t quite established itself yet.

Watering Your Turf Grass
TUFF TURF TIP: Water turf thoroughly in the morning and check in the evening to see if turf is drying out. If needed, soak again.

Established Turf

Avoid short, shallow watering. Deeper soakings will encourage deep rooting.

Water turf at least 1 inch of water per week (hot weather will require more watering)

TUFF TURF TIP: Turf next to the sunny side of buildings, and along driveways or sidewalks, will absorb more heat and therefore tend to dry out more quickly.
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Mowing

  1. Keep your mower blade sharp. Dull blades can tear and damage grass blades which creates water loss and, in turn, detrimental growing conditions.
  2. Mow grass to a length of 2.5 – 3.5 inches. Longer blades retain moisture and provide a thick, tall canopy which helps prevent weed growth.
  3. Remove only a third of the blade of grass with each mowing
  4. Mow in different directions each mowing. This will stand the grass blades up and make mowing easier.
  5. Leave the grass clippings on the lawn as they will dry out and return nutrients to the soil. If you fall behind on mowing and you will be leaving an abundance of grass clippings; removing the grass clippings is advised.
  6. Healthy lawns usually require mowing every 3 days to 1 week.
TUFF TURF TIP: In Spring, the first mowing should cut the grass slightly shorter to remove some of the old grass. Leave grass slightly longer during periods of extreme drought. This will allow the grass blades to retain more moisture and require less water.
Mowing Turf Lawn

Fertilizing

  1. Your Tuff Turf sod will arrive full of nutrients and will not need fertilizer for at least 3 weeks after installation.
  2. Use a balanced fertilizer with nitrogen
  3. For best results contact our office about your fertilizing needs.
  4. Fertilize between May and September, in 4 – 6 week intervals
  5. Fertilizer type and rate of application can vary greatly depending on soil type, soil condition, amount of rain, and soil compaction
  6. Establish a routine that works for you and stick to it
TUFF TURF TIP: Recommended 3-4 applications per season (early Spring, mid-Summer, and late Fall)
Fertilizing Your Lawn

Weed Control

A healthy, well-maintained lawn is your best method of weed control.

A poorly maintained lawn, compacted soil, faulty topsoil, too much thatch, and weeds going to seed create the majority of weed problems.

Government regulations are continually changing on weed control products. Check with your local garden centre for approved residential products.

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