1. Install the sod immediately after delivery.
Do not order your new sod until the site/soil preparation has been completed, since sod should be installed as soon as possible after it arrives at the site. The longer the sod sits on a pallet, the more it will deteriorate, particularly in summertime.
2. Begin installing at the site’s longest straight line.
Begin installing the first row of sod along the site’s longest straight line, such as down a driveway or along a sidewalk. As you continue laying the rows of sod, stagger the end edges of the sod pieces (like laying bricks on a house) so that all the joints/end edges do not line up with each other.
3. Butt the edges tightly.
Do not leave loose or sloppy seams between the edges and ends of the sod pieces; instead, butt and push the sod pieces together tightly without stretching.
4. Roll the surface
After installing the sod, roll the entire surface to remove air pockets and improve sod-to-soil contact.
5. Irrigate soon.
Begin watering newly laid sod within 30 minutes of installation. Turf is a living plant that requires ground contact and moisture to survive. If the weather is particularly hot and dry, you may need to start irrigating the completed areas before the entire site is laid.
Until it has rooted, new sod will require daily watering. Keep an eye on weather conditions, and every day, pick up a corner of a sod piece to check the soil underneath. Irrigate often enough to keep the soil damp/moist.