3 Super-Important Steps To Take Before Sod Installation in Pembroke Pines
The Bald Eagle is one of the most amazing creatures on earth. Now, the bald eagle is not bald at all. But it is a bird of prey with an adult wingspan between 1.8 and 2.3 m long. It is a sight to behold in North America. Now, imagine having the chance to see it in its natural habitat? Pembroke Pines is where the bald eagle nest can be found.
This nest was found in 2008 and it’s the place where you may actually spot an eaglet sometime around November. Isn’t it interesting, though, how eagles renew themselves by getting rid of their feathers, talons, and beak to let new ones grow back? Similarly, for your yard to look great, how about applying some simple but clever steps to your sod installation? Removing old sod, loosening the soil, and then leveling it, is critical to a healthy lawn. Read more about these steps below:
Step 1: Removing the old sod
Your new sod needs to be in direct contact with soil to succeed. This is why you need to remove the old sod. You can use tools ranging from a shovel to a sod cutter for sod removal. But it heavily depends on the size of your lawn. For a huge lawn, you may need a sod cutter.
A sod cutter is a machine that is designed to remove strips of grass from a lawn with the roots and most of the soil attached. It is typically used to quickly clear grass or weeds from an area of landscape or to create strips of sod to transplant in new areas where the roots will re-establish. Sod cutters usually have a metal roller at the base of the machine that makes it possible to move the cutter over the lawn. Beneath the machine are sharp blades that cut through the soil beneath the grass so you can lift the strip away after each cut. These blades are typically adjustable, so you can cut sod strips in varying thicknesses. Read more from Calgary Lawn Solution…
You can easily rent a sod cutter from a store near you. As you cut your sod, don’t cut too deep so as not to end up with sod with a lot of soil.
Step 2: Loosening up the soil
You need to loosen your soil for proper aeration. The easiest tool to use is a rototiller. This is a machine with blades underneath and is used to dig into the soil and break the soil into loose chunks. The rototiller is also used to mix up the soil with organic matter.
Rototilling is a common practice specifically designed to improve the soil structure of your land. The process can be used to help create a more suitable environment for grass to grow or for plant-life and flowers to sprout. The rototilling process involves the use of a garden tiller to effectively rotate the soil, allowing it to absorb nutrients and fertilizers more easily, essentially turning it into the perfect planting ground for grass or plants. Read more from Garden Savvy…
As with the cutter, you don’t need to own a rototiller. You can easily rent one from a rental store near you.
Caution: The rototiller has no eyes underneath so you can easily dig out your irrigation system and cables underneath. Beware of this.
Step 3: Leveling the soil with a rake.
After losing the soil, you need to even it out using a rake before laying new sod. This is an extremely manual task and can take a lot of time depending on your yard size and skill. While doing this you should expect to encounter dead roots, leaves, dead grass, and rocks in the yard.
But even so, the beauty of raking is that you get to clean out your soil. After raking you can water lightly to moisten the soil.
Rake the area to be replanted until it’s smooth. Remove any stones and vegetative matter brought to the surface during tilling. Once you’re satisfied, water the ground and check for puddles. Puddles show where depressions remain. When the soil dries, remove soil from high spots to fill the depressions.
Next, roll the prepared soil to provide a firm base for the sod. Fill a lawn roller about one-third full of water and roll the soil until your footprints are no deeper than 1⁄2 inch. Complete planting preparations by watering the area thoroughly two days before planting. Check to be sure the soil is moistened to a depth of 5 or 6 inches. Read more from Bob Vila…
After applying fertilizer and watering the soil you should be ready to lay sod. With clear instructions, this can be an exciting DIY project. But why spend so much time and energy while you can have it done for less? You can have all this done for you for more value as part of a sod installation package by EPS Landscaping and Tree Services. Call us Today!