Installing new sod or turf grass is one of the fastest ways to turn your old or damaged lawn into something beautiful and brand new again!
Our team at BUR-HAN Garden & Lawn Care will come in and remove the existing lawn, clear the area where the sod needs to go, fertilize, add premium top soil, roll the lawn flat to fix any minor imperfections and lay the lawn. The finished product is nice and level and is a deep even green. There is no limit to the size or shape of yard we can do in this fashion. The grass can be walked on right away but 3 weeks are recommended (depending on the season) before any heavy use takes place. While sod can be installed at any time of the year in Vancouver, if the sod is installed later in the fall it may not root properly before winter and would be best to wait until Spring when it will have the best possible chance at success.
Though installing a new lawn seems straightforward, there are a number of pitfalls involved in the process which may not be obvious at first glance. Let the team at BUR-HAN share their tips for a frustration-free installation.
What type of lawn is best?
There are a few common options for achieving a lush, green lawn.
Sod can be rolled out for an immediate green look, seeding or hydro seeding are inexpensive options which allow you to choose the exact varieties of grass in your lawn, and artificial turf is a maintenance-free alternative that is especially appealing in trouble areas.
The Installation Process:
While the beginnings stages of installing a new lawn are similar for seed, hydro-seed, sod and artificial turf, some elements are very different. Below, you will find some recommendations for the step-by-step processes used in order to get the best results.
Install irrigation: Since you need to trench in order to add the sprinkler system, it is important to do this before seeding or laying down new sod.
Remove Debris: Remove all stones, roots and construction debris to obtain a smooth surface to act as a base for your new lawn.
Install Edging: Whether you’re using brick, steel, concrete or plastic edging, it’s best to install it prior to putting in the lawn so that you don’t mess up the smooth surface of your soil. The edging also makes it easier to get consistent grade across the entirety of the lawn.
Grading: Create a finished, smooth soil surface which will act as the base for your lawn. The soil should be about a half inch below the desired final grade.
Apply Lime: We suggest adding lime depending on the base of your soil, which gives the soil the more alkaline pH it prefers.
Sod Rollers: A sod roller is just a heavy drum that is filled with water and can be pushed, using a handle, across the lawn to help the sod make good contact with the soil.
Apply a Starter Fertilizer: Apply fertilizer to the lawn which will give your lawn the nutrients it needs to succeed. Whether you are seeding or putting down new sod, along with regular lawn cutting and watering – Fertilizer is one of the most (if not the most) important application you can do for your lawn.
Water, Water, Water: Depending on how hot it is, you may need to water as much as 20 minutes, three times per day for the first two weeks to help your sod get established. New sod requires a lot of water to keep it healthy so this should be taken into consideration when installing. If the lawn starts to get soggy or the lawn is installed later in the fall then you can turn the irrigation down.