What To Do Before Laying Sod In Your Los Angeles Yard

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As you can imagine, yard work is no easy feat. Whether you're planting a small garden or setting up potted plants for your porch, the work will be labor-intensive, despite it being a labor of love. The same is especially true for laying sod. If you're up for the challenge, you can tackle the landscaping task of installing sod yourself. However, there are many essential steps to follow.

As your Los Angeles lawn care experts, Aerations Plus is here to provide you with a thriving and lush lawn. Simply call to learn more about our lawn treatment services.

Start Preparing Your Lawn A Few Weeks Before Sod Installation

You should prepare your lawn a few weeks before putting down new sod. This will result in your grass being more drought-resistant and utilizing water and nutrients more effectively, giving you a denser new lawn.

If you don't have the time or energy to devote to prepping your soil before sod installation, don't hesitate to contact the experts at Aerations Plus to get the job done right.

How To Prep Your Soil For Sod Installation

When it comes to laying sod, many people have different steps and orders of operations. Specific steps in the preparation may or may not be necessary, depending on the condition of your soil. However, the overall goal of the prepping process is to ensure you have an area where your lawn can thrive. Here is a six-step process to ensure this.

  • Step 1: Clear the area of any debris, rocks, stones, and construction materials; rough grade the site to solve any drainage issues.
  • Step 2: Till the soil so the topsoil can bond to the subsoil, eliminate the majority of annual weeds, reduce subsoil compaction, and enhance root penetration, water circulation, and air exchange.
  • Step 3: Add topsoil if your soil doesn't have adequate nutrients. 
  • Step 4: "Finish grade" the area while maintaining the contours and slopes for proper rainwater drainage.
  • Step 5: Fertilize the area with a starter fertilizer at the specified rate.
  • Step 6: Level the ground with a lawn roller to settle the surface if your soil is loose. Fill any low areas as you come across them.

Installing sod can be a great DIY project for homeowners. However, it's always best for pros who know what they're doing to get the job done right with no mistakes. If you are looking for help, contact the experts at Aerations Plus today.

Aerations Plus Will Make Sure Your Sod Is Installed The Right Way!

Regardless of how much water you give your lawn, the dry, hot air in Los Angeles can quickly turn it into what appears to be sandpaper. But you can have the lush lawn of your dreams if you hire the right group of sod installation professionals. To learn about our lawn treatment options, contact Aerations Plus today!

Tips On Taking Care Of Your Newly Installed Sod

Watering your lawn is crucial during the first 14 days of sod installation.

You should avoid walking on your lawn and water it lightly three times daily. Be careful not to overwater, as fungus can grow as a result of excessive moisture.

12 to 14 days after installation, you can mow your lawn or hire a lawn mowing service, but wait for one to two days for it to firm up before doing so. Once established, your lawn will require 1 ½ inches of water per week in the cooler months and a ½ inch every other day during the summer.

Any missteps in lawn maintenance after sod installation can damage your lawn and investment. Let Aerations Plus handle all the lawn treatments you need.

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