4 tips and tricks to prepare your soil for sod

Laying sod along your property is a quick and easy way to achieve a healthy, vibrant lawn. Not only does this project instantly improve your home’s curb appeal, it also helps set the stage for a range of other landscaping projects. Getting these rollers to your yard isn’t always easy, though, and it takes a little extra preparation to make sure things grow the way you want them to. Here we provide some important tips and tricks to prepare your soil for sod. We also cover how they can increase your chances of success.

Plow your top layer of soil

As you prepare to start your sod project, be sure to take the time to till the top layer of soil in the desired areas. When your soil is packed down and baked in the sun, it’s harder for plants to access the nutrients underneath. Even sturdy vegetation like grass can die if its roots have trouble penetrating the ground. So you want to give your lawn a fighting chance by tilling the soil first. This mixes the soil and evenly distributes its nutrients.

Have your soil tested

We also recommend that you have your soil tested, especially for its pH. Mineral concentration and natural pH may vary depending on your region, and some levels are not suitable for grass growth. Having your floor checked before the project allows you to identify potential problems and take preventive measures. As such, you’ll want to run these tests a few weeks in advance to ensure you have time to make any necessary adjustments. For reference, preferred pH levels for turf are between 6.5 and 7.

Spread new topsoil

If your test reveals that your soil needs treatment before placing the sod, one of the best ways to fix it is to place a fresh layer of topsoil. There are many soil options that are perfect for growing grass. Spreading them over your existing soil can help create the mineral and pH levels you need. On larger plots you should consider using a dozer blade attachment with your skid steer loader to evenly push and spread your new soil across your landscape. This way you can rest assured that you are getting an even coat.

Apply starter fertilizer

One of the most important tips for preparing your soil for turf is to spread fertilizer before you begin placing each roll. Even with the addition of new topsoil, your grass will need a boost to take to the earth properly. Starter fertilizers contain everything your lawn will need. They facilitate root growth, prevent weeds and maximize your chances of success.

Sod laying can be a risky business, and you never know in advance whether your new grass will thrive. So, by using these tips and tricks, you can better prepare the ground for the beautiful lawn you are looking for.

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