Here in North Georgia, Sod can be installed spring through fall (and even in mild winter months as well in some northern Georgia Counties such as Gwinnett, Forsyth and Fulton).Since the grasses that thrive here in Georgia are considered warm-season grasses like Bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, and centipedegrass, sod is the best way to cover your yard at any time of year, since these turf types cannot be grown from seed. They do however thrive when installed by a professional sod installation company such as North Georgia Lawn in Sugar Hill Georgia. Part of the installation process is first removing any old lawn that may be in place, then properly prepping the soil and adding any amendments that may be required. Sod prefers a well aerated base that is slightly acidic. So we make sure to test the PH of your soil and test to make sure it is suitable for sod installation. We have the sod installation process down to a science.
1. Prepare soil
Loosen the top 6 to 8 inches of soil with a rototiller. Spread any amendments or compost. Here in Fulton County Georgia we may add a sand mixture to clay-like soil to improve drainage. Till in amendments. Then, based on the results from your soil test, use a spreader to lay down the appropriate starter fertilizer, and then lime if needed.
2. Level the surface
Our team at North Georgia Lawn will level the area by knocking down any high spots and fill in low spots so the soil is level and 1 inch below the grade of any paved surface, such as a walkway or driveway. Water lightly to dampen the soil.
3. Lay the first row
Find the longest straight edge in your yard—Often along the frontage to the street or along a fence that runs the length of the property. We begin here and unroll the first roll of sod along it. We keep off the sod while its being installed and we rake out any footprints as we move along. Like ironing a shirt, we make certain to smooth out loose areas or wrinkles, patting down the sod so it’s flat against the soil underneath it, with no air pockets.
4. Lay subsequent rows
After laying the first row, we stagger the short seams, similar to how you would inlay bricks. We make certain to butt sections of turf snugly against each other without overlapping them. Not only will seams be less noticeable this way but the edges will be less likely to dry out and die back. Use the knife to cut out holes for in-ground sprinkler heads as needed, and to trim pieces along planting beds and paved areas. If you do not have irrigation in your yard, please request a quote as this can be installed prior to the sod being laid down and will provide the much needed water to your new sod.
5. Water, water, water
Water the installed lawn thoroughly, which also helps settle the soil. Try to keep foot traffic off the sod for a week. Water every day, preferably in the morning: During the heat of the day, you lose a lot of water to evaporation. And if you water at night, the sod goes to bed wet, which can encourage fungal disease. After the first week, cut back watering to every other day, tapering off to just twice a week by the third week. Then like any lawn, give it an inch of water a week, more during hot summer months.
6. Mow the lawn
When the grass reaches 3 inches high, it’s time to mow it down to 2 inches. Though you’ll probably want to grow it higher in the summer months — to encourage a deep root system and to shade out weeds—always aim to cut off one-third of the grass’s length anytime you mow, and be sure to use a sharp blade. We offer a full service yard maintenance and landscape service at North Georgia Lawn and service Gwinnett, Fullton and Forsyth Counties in North Georgia.
7. Fertilize once more
Allow your lawn about three to four weeks’ growth, then feed it again with a starter fertilizer to make up for nutrients that washed away during the heavy watering schedule. If you opt for our maintenance plan we have a fixed schedule for the feeding and maintenance of your new sod installation. We make certain that its properly maintained to achieve optimal color and growth.
If you live in North Georgia, specifically in Fulton County, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County or in and around Sugar Hill Georgia please feel free to request a quote and we would be more than happy to provide you with a complete written estimate.