We take pride in providing you with a
quality turf product therefore,
please consider these procedures for proper soil preparation, to
ensure the long term survivability of your new turf lawn.
ALL existing grass, weeds and
other vegetation should be removed from the surface area
first with either
a sod stripper
machine, roto-tiller, shovel
etc. and discarded.
grade or break up the soil using either a heavy steel rake
or other grading tool if area is small or a blade/ box
scraper mounted to a tractor for larger areas.
Move soil around so it slopes away from foundations,
knock down any high spots, fill in any low spots for proper
additional debris brought to the surface such as rocks,
construction materials, dead tree roots,
stumps should be
removed and discarded.
tiller or some other equipment break up the soil even more
to a depth of 2 - 4 inches to help alleviate soil
add in a good topsoil/compost mix to a depth of 4-6
especially if you have had to remove some soil /debris.
Add in lime
(pelletized) and fertilizer (10-10-10) and/or some kind of
organic material, leaf compost,
peat moss etc. if
needed and/or desired. Read
the label for recommended amounts based on square footage of
grade the area making it smooth and level.
installing sod up against a driveway, sidewalk, flower
border etc., soil should
be no more than 1
above the top of
these structures keeping in mind that the sod will settle
down into the soil with its own weight and the additional
weight of the water.
up the soil by rolling over it with a metal drum roller
filled with one-third
to dump several inches of loose soil on top of
existing grass that has either been
mowed down to the
ground or killed off with a chemical then install the sod on
top of it or to lay several inches of soil on top of hard
compacted soil that was never roughed up at least.
Lastly, it is NOT RECOMMENDED
to dump several
inches of soil on top of gravel or an area where mulch was
for a long period of time and
install the sod on top of it or to lay several
inches of soil over exposed tree roots and install sod on
Somerset Seed and Sod, Inc.
P.O. Box 7, Somerset, Va. 22972