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Laying Sod

Use sod to create an instant lawn or to repair bare patches in existing turf.

After properly preparing the top 6 inches of soil, select quality sod. The grass should be dark green, free of weeds and pests, have minimal thatch and grown in soil similar to your own.

Lay the first roll of sod next to a drive, sidewalk or curb. Butt the edges of the sod together and make sure the roots are in contact with the soil.

Stagger the rolls just like you were laying bricks. Continue until the bare area is filled. Use a knife to cut the sod to fit.

Run an empty roller or gently tamp the sod in place to remove any air pockets and insure good root soil contact.

Water thoroughly and often enough to keep the roots and soil beneath slightly moist.

Soon you'll have a beautiful lawn, ready to mow and for your family to enjoy.

A bit more information: Gardeners in droughty areas, tough urban environments or busy schedules may want to check out Rhizomatous Tall Fescue (RTF). This new type of fescue has the same growth habit of bluegrass but the salt, drought and shade tolerance of tall fescue. It also recovers quickly from damage making it a good choice for play areas and athletic fields.

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