With over 70 years of experience in sod delivery and installation around Richmond Hill and the GTA, Smilsky Sod Farms Ltd now shares some valuable sod care tips and information.
Loosen the top layer of your soil 2-3 inches deep. An easy method is renting a rototiller from your local rent shop or building supplier. If your soil is sandy or has heavier clay content, adding topsoil is recommended (at least 3 inches). Rake and grade soil so it is sloping away from buildings and walkways. If soil is fluffy (deep foot prints) lightly pack and rake again to ensure a smooth finish once sod is installed.
Sod is a perishable product and needs to be installed quickly to ensure a healthy transplant. Install sod along the longest straight edge of the yard. Continue across the yard laying each row in a stagger pattern just like a brick wall. Use a sharp knife to cut and piece in small areas. Lightly roll sod to provide good sod to soil contact.
On a hot summer day, do not wait more than 30 minutes from unrolling sod to watering.
Once installed, water immediately, thoroughly saturating the sod and soil underneath. You should be able to easily stick your finger 2 inches into soil underneath and feel saturation. Apply extra water along edges as they will dry out first. Maintain moisture for the first week allowing more time in between watering, going into the second week. Once you can give the sod a good tug without it uplifting, transplant is approaching completion. This usually takes 1-2 weeks. Mowing can commence. Maintain a height of 3 inches for the summer but try not to remove more than 1/3 of the leaf length at a time. Sharp lawnmower blades are essential for a healthy lawn!
Sod is an instant clean finish to any project
Covers open dirt before weeds can begin
Instantly increases curb appeal and home value
Prevents soil erosion, mud and dust which is common with seeding
To achieve sod like quality seed needs to be fertilized, watered and nurtured for at least a year
Weeds are especially difficult to control in seeding because of the Ontario pesticides ban
In an increasingly urbanized world turf plays a key role in maintaining a healthy planet.
Turf allows rain water and runoff to enter the water table and reduces the chances of heavy flooding
Captures more carbon dioxide and produces more oxygen then trees covering the same area
Provides a cooling effect on the surrounding areas
In a world of electronics an open green space allows for more outdoor activities, exercise and healthy living
Let the professionals tell you: athletes prefer natural turf over synthetic
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