Designing a landscape seems to be incomplete, unless you include a lawn with green turf grass. Nonetheless, starting a lawn from grass seeds requires a lot of patience and time.
Why Sod is Preferred over Grass Seeds?
While starting a lawn from seed, major challenges are sowing grass seeds, inducing them to germinate and transplanting the seedlings in bare patches for ensuring uniform growth. In addition to these, the grass seeds come along with seeds of various weeds, which after sprouting compete with lawn grass for space, water and nutrients.
Taking all these into consideration, maintaining a lustrous green lawn from seeds will take several years. An easy, yet expensive way to get green lawn within a short time is laying sod.
Multiply length and width values to calculate area. Thus, you get a brief idea on how much sod you will need for covering your lawn. The actual steps to prepare a yard for sod depend on whether you are laying it over a spare yard or an existing old lawn. Basic steps of how to prepare soil and site for installing sod are described here.
According to these and the grass variety, you can decide the amount of organic matter and topsoil to be supplemented in soil prior to installing sod.
A grass killer can be sprayed in correct amounts, preferably one month before laying sod. Follow the manufacturer's directions while applying the grass killer. You may require to spray it twice to get rid of Bermuda grass properly.
Also, this is an excellent alternative to hiring professional serviceman for removing existing vegetation. Rototilling loosens soil to several inches of depth, and brings soil from the deeper layers to the surface.
Some people prefer adding 1 inch topsoil in the yard, which is not always necessary. Following this, spread a layer of slow acting, granular lawn fertilizer which is about ½ inch thick.
You can remove soil from elevated spots and deposit in low-lying areas. If available, use a lawn roller filled with water to smoothen the yard evenly.
Follow them and the chances of newly installed sod getting acclimatized to the soil are higher. You can always get the sodding project done by a professional. But, it is quite expensive and not many people can afford it. After installation of sod, water the lawn on a daily basis for the first few months to promote quick establishment of newly laid grasses.