Sod Installation Instructions
STEP 1 - Apply Starter Fertilizer
Before laying sod, apply Bolero™ 8-16-16 Sod & Seed STARTER fertilizer to the entire surface to be covered with sod. This ensures all the vital nutrients are available for your new sod to root into the soil. Bolero™ Sod & Seed STARTER provides the nutritional boost that encourages a deeper root system for your grass.
STEP 2 - Installing Your Sod
Install your new sod immediately! Sod is a perishable product and should be installed within 24 hours of delivery.
Your sod should be laid directly on the fertilized soil. Start from the back of your property line to front along the longest straight-line. Work away from the line so you're not stepping on the fresh sod. Make sure sod edges fit tightly together. Always place sod rolls at the edge of your area and work toward the center. Stagger sod slabs (like laying bricks) to offset seams. Should your area be irregular in shape, run a string between stakes in a straight line through the area and begin laying sod along this line. Make sure each piece of sod has good contact with the soil, because air pockets prevent proper rooting. If laying sod on a steep slope, use wooden pegs or sod staples to temporarily keep the sod in place. Sod should be placed horizontal across sloped areas.
Trim edges with your sod knife to fit around curves and leave clean, trimmed edges around sprinkler heads, driveways, etc. Avoid cutting sod into short or narrow strips because smaller pieces tend to dry out and fail to root properly.
Pro-Tip!You do not want your new sod to dry out! Make sure your soil is moist before laying sod and mist sod with a garden hose as small sections are completed.
STEP 3 - Roll Your Sod
Once the sod installation is complete, use a sod roller to ensure proper contact between the sod and the soil.
DO NOT WALK on new sod until it has rooted down! Avoid direct contact for at least 2 weeks. Be sure to allow the soil to firm up to give you an opportunity to mow your lawn. A new sod lawn should be mowed approximately two weeks after installation.
Enjoy your new Lawn!
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