|Overlapping sod tiles.|
There were BIG gaps, too!
Third, irrigation control boxes were set too much beneath grade.
|Irrigation control box set too much below grade.|
Fourth, edges were untrimmed and unpatched.
Finally, the sod was left unrolled.
|Needs to be rolled.|
When grass and weeds have died, the site should be tilled (if necessary), graded and leveled. Foreign and hard objects like rocks, dried dirt clods, building materials, and roots should be removed so that the sod roots can make good contact with the soil. If tree roots can not be removed, they should be covered with soil and the soil leveled.
Irrigation control boxes and sprinkler heads should be carefully placed so that they will be at soil level in order to avoid being overgrown by sod, or being clipped by mower blades.
Sod should be obtained just before installation, and be kept moist and green until installed.
Sod tile runs (courses) should be straight. Tiles should be staggered like bricks laid in a "running bond."
Gaps must be patched. Large gaps can be plugged with small pieces of sod. Large gaps can be filled with portions of sod tile cut to shape.
Sod should be neatly trimmed along walks, drives, curbs and planting beds. Lawn edgers are effective.
After the sod is laid, it must be rolled so that it makes good contact with the soil. It doesn't take much to rent a sod roller. They come in different sizes. Some can be attached to riding lawn mowers and pulled. Others come with handles, and can be pushed.
Laying sod is hard work, but that is no excuse for a slip-shod job.
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