Protect your investment in your new landscape with turf care recommendations and instructions from the professionals at Novasack Turf Farm
in South Seaville, New Jersey
At Novasack Turf Farms,
sod is sold by the square foot, with each piece measuring 2'' x 5''. Your width multiplied by your length determines your square footage. When purchasing, we recommend ordering 5 to 10% extra to allow for trimming and waste. Contact us
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To prepare the ground for soil, we recommend grading for the sod to slope away from your home or any buildings to prevent drainage problems, then rake and smooth the soil, removing rocks, roots, and large clods.
Next, roll or water your graded area to settle and firm the surface. This will determine any low areas that are retaining water and need more soil. You should leave a final grade 1" below sidewalks and curbs. Once complete, add starter fertilizer, 10-20-20, and add lime per test results. Apply the lime and fertilizer on top of the soil and rake it in. Be sure your ground is completely ready for the sod installation before ordering your sod, as sod needs to be installed and watered immediately.
Make sure to water your soil before installing your new sod. For easiest, even application, begin installing turf along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk and then work towards the middle. Butt and push edges against each other tightly, without stretching and be sure to avoid gaps or overlaps.
Stagger the joints in a brick like fashion, using a sharp hatchet to trim the edges. Avoid leaving small strips at the outer edge, as they will not retain moisture. Start watering as soon as you have a good portion of the sod down. Keep traffic off your sod for the first couple of weeks after installation and do not mow until firmly rooted.