Preparing the soil for new sod is the most crucial step before sodding. A new lawn that has proper soil preparation will use 20-40% less water. Here are the steps to follow when preparing your new lawn:
- Clear the site of all rocks, stones, and other debris that are larger than 2-3 inches in diameter.
- Till the existing soil to a minimum depth of 2 inches before adding any topsoil (4-6 inches recommended). You can add compost before you till as well to help further reduce the amount of water needed.
- Add topsoil if necessary, to achieve a total topsoil depth of 4-6 inches.
- Apply a ‘starting fertilizer’ that is high in phosphate. Lightly incorporate this fertilizer in the top 2-3 inches of topsoil to avoid root injury.
- Lightly roll the topsoil to settle the surface and create a level area for sod installation to prevent any air pockets. As a rule of thumb, make sure the soil is 1 inch below any mowing strips, sidewalks, driveways, and patios to accommodate for the sod.
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