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First, download our Do-It-Yourself Checklist to get an overview of everything you will need, then move on to removing your old lawn. There are several recognized ways to replace your old lawn, each has their own advantages and disadvantages. They all have one thing in common - you need to KILL the grass. The better you kill any growth the less likely will you have various varieties of old lawn, weeds and other growth from sprouting up through your new sod. Follow the directions on the ROUND UP container (bought at any hardware store). We recommend one additional SECRET step. After you spray on the Round Up, try to "grow" the grass by keeping it watered (some people even fertilize). Why? Because you want anything in the ground to grow so you can kill it thoroughly with a second application of Round Up.

Although you can attempt to do this by hand, we do recommend renting a sodcutter or dethatching machine. This machine allows you to set the cutting depth to match that of your old lawn. Discard old lawn (we recommend getting a dumpster). Now you are ready for the prepare step of doing it yourself.

Use our specially designed SodCalculator. Print out our handy SodCalculator checklist and take it with you outside to measure the area you want to sod. Enter in the information and an estimate will automatically be calculated. You can order online or call us at 800-344-7317. Because sod is a live plant, you will need to speak with us to confirm your delivery date and time.

Rototill, rake and roll. Prepare the site by removing old lawn if necessary then add the correct soil amendments (check with your local nursery about which one you should use in your area). To rototill your soil, you'll need to rent a rototiller from your local tool rental shop (they run about $40 depending on size). It will save you a ton of time and will uniformly till, mix in fertilizer, and aerate the soil in preparation for sod installation. Rake out any rocks, big clumps, weeds and debris to create a smooth surface to about 1 inch below driveways, sidewalks, and patios. Roll the soil lightly with a lawn roller (again, something to rent) to get a uniform surface. Before you sod, make sure the soil is dry. You don't want the soil to compact into mud as it is not a good environment for the roots of the sod to take hold. Now is when you want to inspect your irrigation system.

Water is the lifeblood to turfgrass. Adequate watering coverage is essential to any lawn installation. If you are uncertain how to work or manage your sprinker system, there are many resources online to help you (we found Irrigation Tutorials) or have an irrigation professional set up your system. This critical step will be your insurance of a lasting, good looking lawn and is a vital component of our one-year guarantee

Plan to install the sod within 30 minutes after it arrives. Remember, this is a live plant and is subject to damage from the elements. Lay the sod in an overlaying pattern, staggering the joints in each row in a brick-like fashion. Use the roller again to create even contact with the sod and the soil. Water thoroughly within 30 minutes of the first piece installed with at least 1 inch of water.

To make sure the sod is sufficiently watered, lift a corner of any piece of sod and insert a screw driver into the underlying soil. If it's hard to push in or soil is not moist, keep watering. To insure your sod doesn't dry out and die, your new lawn should be kept moist during the first 10 days after installation.

A new lawn is one of your best investments and will immediately add beauty and value to your home. Thank you for installing Superior Fescue Sod.
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