How to Sod a New Lawn

How to Sod a New Lawn

Steps to sodding a new lawn

If you are determined to finally have the gorgeous green lawn that you’ve always dreamed of, but have never managed to achieve, this is the correct article for you. While sodding a new lawn is a difficult task for most people, and it is always easier to hire a professional landscaper, this article will go through the steps required to properly sod a new lawn for a great looking, greener than green carpet.

Step One: Ground Prep

To start, always begin with the proper ground preparation. Always weed, thoroughly turn over the ground and free old roots and debris from the area. Your lawn should be tilled, prepped and ready. It’s always good to water the ground a few days before installation sot that the soil is moist, but not soggy. You also want the soil to be level in all areas, and approximately an inch below the level you want the final grass to be.

Step Two: Rake and Level

Before actually laying your sod you want to make sure that the soil area is definitely level to lay new sod on. This way, you’re leveling our any unevenness missed by your previous preparation and loosening the soil so that the new sod roots and compresses the soil when it is laid.

Step Three: Begin Sodding

Start laying the sod in a straight line, such as by the sidewalk. This way, you’ll be able to make the pieces more even as you go. While laying pieces in a row, firmly push the end together so that space between pieces is barely visible. Later, these pieces will grow together more firmly, but for now you want to avoid cracks. With rectangular sod it’s relatively easy to lay two or three rows at a time, while keeping each row staggered so that the joints are at different locations in the row next to is. If using rolls, place the new joint against the piece in place and then roll, using a knife to cut oddly shaped pieces so that they can fit around curves and other obstacles. Try not to walk on the newly laid pieces before you’ve rolled them with a lawn roller.

Step Four: Rolling

You will now need to evenly roll your sod with a lawn roller which you can rent from a local gardening store. This portion is very important as rolling your sodded lawn is what allows for the roots of the grass to connect with the sod. Improperly rolled lawns generally end up looking patchy, or partially dying. Rolling allows for better growth and faster knitting of your sod roots with the soil.

Step Five: Maintenance and Long Term Care

Your new lawn area should be watered once daily unless there is heavy rainfall occurring for the first week after sodding. After the first week, begin to stretch out the time between watering so that the roots will stretch downward in search of moisture in the soil. When you do water, make sure you water heavily and thoroughly. You may consider applying fertilizer in intervals and mow the lawn regularly. For the first mow after planting, it is good to wait about a month. A week after planting your new lawn you may want to take care of the cracks that will inevitably show in your rolled sod by filling these areas with dirt from a wheelbarrow. This will ensure steady growth later on.

Whether you are confident with your landscaping abilities or not, we always recommend contacting a professional for advice before beginning your sodding project as to avoid mishaps and mistakes, and ensure the lasting of your lawn. You might also consider hiring a professional landscaping company to assist you with your sodding needs if you are not confident in your abilities. When hiring a professional you are assured of the quality and lifespan of your lawn.

JHC Landscaping is a company that is dedicated to the quality of your property. Offering landscaping, snow removal, sodding services and more within North York, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Markham and Thornhill, we are always ready to assist with landscaping jobs large and small. Our team is well equipped to undertake jobs of both commercial and residential scale, so give us a call for a free estimate and watch our mobile task-force take care of your needs. You can call us at 416-779-6655 or send us an email at We look forward to your business!