1. Soil And Site Preparement That Is Inappropriate
To develop its roots, newly cut sod needs a suitable new home. A depth of prepared topsoil of at least 4″- 6″ is optimal for deep root penetration– the stronger the grass plant, the deeper the root structure. The grass will have deeper roots, making it more drought-resistant, and it will use water and nutrients more efficiently, resulting in a denser, healthier lawn. Weeds will be driven out, and your lawn will become less susceptible to pests and diseases. This is why, in many areas, soil amendments are now needed for new installations.
2. Application Of An Inappropriate Vegetation Killer
After you’ve laid the sod, check sure the roots are well-nourished and that nothing in the soil is impeding future growth. Residual pesticides and/or too much compost in your soil are two easy ways to burn the roots. If you wish to eliminate weeds or other vegetation on your property before installing new sod, you must do so at least two weeks ahead of time. There are several herbicides available, and you don’t want to apply anything that will remain in the soil! Before spraying anything on your site, do your homework! Herbicides left in the soil will destroy the young sod roots. The fresh sod roots will be burned if improper compost and nutrients are used.
3. Measurement And Ordering Are Inaccurate
Nothing is more frustrating than finishing your installation and discovering you don’t have enough sod or purchased too much. At Rototillerguy sod installation, all sales are final. Sod that has not been utilized is not eligible for a refund. We provide enough sod to complete your site depending on your dimensions if Rototillerguy Sod is installing your new sod. If we run out of time, this will cost you extra. It is critical to measure before placing an order. The total square footage is calculated by multiplying the length by the width. Divide the region into rectangles if necessary, then add the sums of each rectangle. This will provide you with an approximate area in square feet. Rototillerguy sod rolls are 10 square feet in size and are 2 feet by 5 feet.
4. Installing Freshly Cut Sod Takes A Long Time
The morning you receive the sod, it is chopped and rolled. Since sowing, the sod has been cultivated in optimum circumstances on our farm. When sod is chopped, it is removed from its previous location with just a tiny portion of its root system intact. Heat is radiated by the sod and dirt, which cannot escape while wrapped up on your pallet. If it’s a hot and sunny day, put the sod in a shaded place. You may need to lightly water the sod rolls and cover them with a tarp to keep the sun off, but make sure you don’t overdo it.
5. An Inappropriate Laying Of Sod
When laying sod in a driveway, sidewalk, or patio, the longest straight-line possible should be employed. Without extending, butt and press the edges and ends against each other tightly. In a brick-like pattern, stagger joints in each row, cutting corners, edges, and other features using a broad sharp knife. Because little strips of pieces do not retain moisture, they should not be left. Gaps and overlaps should be avoided.
Gaps will not close on their own, allowing weeds to emerge. Overlapping can cause lumps in your grass and will cause the sod to dry up faster. Lay sod parallel to the slope rather than up and down the slope when putting sod on a hill. Do not walk on the freshly laid turf. When laying sod, walk as little as possible on the prepared soil and brush away any tracks. Once the sod has been rolled out, just work on it as needed to fit and trim it. Gaps between seams, overlapping components, and a large number of little patches all pose complications. Gaps will continue to grow, allowing weed seeds to germinate.
6. Failure To Learn And Apply An Appropriate Water Schedule
It’s critical to water newly placed sod regularly enough to keep the sod and the inch of soil immediately beneath it moist but not flooded. To enable the sod to take root, this moisture should be extended to the soil beneath the sod.
7. Insufficient Watering Of The New Sod
This is by far the most common cause of problems with fresh sod. If your sod seams start to yellow and/or shrink, you may not be watering them enough. Make sure the sod and the underlying soil are both wet. Examining the grass blades might be beneficial as well. Dryness has progressed to the point that the blades are bluish-grey and withered. The corners and edges of sod, as well as sections near hardscapes and buildings, are the first to dry out. Adjust your watering plan to ensure that you get enough water each day, and make sure your sprinklers are working properly.
8. The New Sod’s Overwatering
Your fresh sod may “drown” if you use too much water. Excess water can cause the grass to become yellow or pale green as it flushes nutrients from the soil. You may be over-watering your grass if the ground seems spongy when you walk on it, or if you observe standing water or puddles on the lawn. Another indicator of overwatering is runoff in the driveway or street.