As you’ve seen by now I ripped out a lot of my front yard and started from scratch. Overgrown bushes? Gone. Scraggly bushes? Gone. Possibly possessed bushes? Gone for good.
Yup. I performed an exorcism on my front yard.
Gone are all the things that gave me nightmares, replaced with a bed of vegetables. I also ripped out perhaps the scariest thing of all. The grub gobbled grass. It’s gone. But I really like the look and feel of a bit of grass so I decided to replace the stuff we ripped out with new sod.
I was a bit worried about the cost, since I’m cheap and would normally do something like reseed. But reseeding takes a really long time, it can be spotty, you can’t walk on it for months (which was NOT going to work for me) and all of the seed I’ve ever purchased (from cheap to expensive) has come with a few parting gifts in the form of mutant weeds.
So after taking a few measurements and calling around I discovered I could buy all the sod I needed to do my front yard for the whopping sum of … $95. $45 for the sod, and $50 for delivery.
Laying sod is really easy and I realize I might be in the minority here, but I found I really liked laying sod. The prep work was kindda gross, but the actual laying and cutting of the sod was fun and the result is INSTANT. BOOM! Pretty green grass. Just like that.
It’s incredibly easy, but to lay sod and have it “stick” you do have to follow a few steps.
First thing you need to do is get drunk.
That’s not right. Sorry … that’s what you do prior to a job interview. Silly me.
The first thing you need to do (after removing your old sod) is dig up the earth and get it good and broken up.
The second thing you have to do is rake it out so it’s level.
Step 3, grab some lawn starter fertilizer.
Sprinkle the fertilizer over your soil. (instructions on how much will be on your fertilizer container)
Step 4 is to shovel a 3″ layer of top soil over everything.
Step 5, level it with a rake.
Step 6 is THE FUN AND FINAL STEPPPPPPP!
Lay your sod down.
Always lay your sod in a brickwork pattern. In other words, don’t have all your edges of sod lining up with each other. Stagger them.
For a better chance of your sod “taking” on all the edges, slightly overlap the sod so it’s a bit too tight, like you see in the picture below. Then step on the 2 edges where the sod meets. It’ll squish down together forming a good bond of soil and sod.
To cut straight lines, lay a plank of wood down and run a carpet knife along the sod to cut it. (carpet knife $8 from hardware store)
Anddd … you’re done. The only part left is to water, water, WATER. You need to water deeply every single day for about a month to ensure the growth of your grass. Letting it dry out even once will spell disaster. It is not allowed to dry out. Speaking of which …
Now you can fix yourself a drink and get drunk.
Unless you have a couple of these. In which case, they can fix your drinks for you.
Congratulations on your first lay.