Revisiting a Sod Installation – August 2020
Before we started the lawn was weedy, patchy, and inconsistent. A raggedy gravel border that framed the existing “lawn”.
We used a weed eater to carefully cut all of the vegetation to the ground. We had to be extra careful when using the weed eater because it is easy to pick up and throw the gravel.
Fortunately, our team knows what we are doing, and no windows were broken in the process!
After removing the lawn we started to prep and till the area. This is when we hit our first road bump…
Apparently, there were a lot of rocks, concrete, and gravel mixed in the existing soil. We tried running the tiller, but we kept hitting large obstacles.
Completing the job the right way is important to us. So we had to recommend bringing in more topsoil.
We brought in approximately 2″ of high quality topsoil to provide a better growing medium for the sod.
Before laying the sod, we also planted 10 nandinas to screen the neighboring building and fence. Again, we had to break through an old slab of concrete.
After the weekend, I went back to check on the job and I open the gate to this…
Unfortunately, we had to eat this mistake and make it right.
So we ordered more sod and returned the next day. The dead sod had to be removed and replaced with brand new rolls.
This time around, we double and triple checked that the sprinkler was functioning. The timer was set to water 2 times per day. After about 2 weeks we cut the watering frequency in half.
Two more weeks go by and we are ready to cut the sod for the first time on 6″. Before this point the lawn was almost 8-10″ tall! We reduce the watering frequency again.
After another week passes, we cut the lawn again, taking the height down to 4″. We also reduce watering to 2 times per week. This is the final product about 5 weeks after the second install.
We are also going to stop irrigation. Notice how we “weened” the lawn off of water. This process is usually overlooked. When the irrigation is not slowly phased out, the fresh sod can take a hard hit, especially in the summer.