The most straightforward approach to turning a sandy lot into beautiful grass is to lay down nursery sod. Is it a lot of work? Yes. However, the change occurs suddenly and amazingly. You should figure out how many square yards will be covered by your new grass before you begin. A lengthy measuring tape will be helpful at this point. You may easily calculate the square yards needed to cover a specific area by measuring its length and width and multiplying those figures.
The square yardage is 600 if the area you want to cover is 30 yards in length and 20 yards in width. If your yard has an unusual shape, you can still determine its square footage by measuring its various sections separately and adding them together. After calculating the total square yards, you may place your topsoil order. You can identify a nearby provider of topsoil by consulting the yellow pages or asking a local landscaping business for recommendations. Topsoil should cover your entire lawn in a layer at least 6 inches deep. If you give your local topsoil provider the square footage you need to be covered, they may tell you how much you’ll need to cover the area.
Now that the dirt has arrived, you can spread it by a professional or do it yourself. Using a wheelbarrow, shovel, and rake to clean up a small area is viable. Hiring a tractor or excavator to scatter the soil could be worthwhile for larger areas. A professional compacting your soil throughout the spreading process is a significant perk of hiring a spreading service. After the soil has been spread, the next step is to prepare it for sod. Machine-applied soil requires only a light raking with a garden rake to smooth out any bumps and low places. Soil distributed by hand should be rolled to compact it before being raked. You can rent or buy a roller; if you decide to buy one, I suggest the water-filled variety so you can change the weight as needed.
Order your sod once you have compacted and raked the dirt. You can order the sod before you finish the soil preparation, but you should not expect it to arrive until after the soil is ready. Again, the yellow pages or a local landscaper can help you locate a sod source. If you tell your sod provider the square yards that need to be covered, they can send over the appropriate amount of sod. It’s finally time to put down sod. The seams of one row of sod should not align with the seams of the next, just like in a brick wall. Start your first line of sod with a full-length sod and your second line with a half-length sod, and continue alternating to prevent the seams from aligning.
You can let the sod extend past the borders of your topsoil and then trim it with a sod cutter to make everything even. If you need to cut straight lines, you must drive a stake into the ground at one end, draw the string taut to the other end, and then drive another stake into the earth at the other end. Next, use the taught string as a ruler while you cut.
Roll the entire area again after you’ve laid and trimmed the sod to ensure that the sod makes good contact with the soil. If the slope is challenging, you should also stake any sods there. This method of staking sods helps to maintain their position while the roots establish themselves. Irrigate your new lawn daily for the next two to three weeks to promote healthy root development. Take out the stakes, cut the grass, and relax.
Tape measure, garden shovel, wheelbarrow, nursery sod, 3-pound hammer, sod cutter, topsoil, posts, string’ roller, and rake are all necessary tools and materials.
Keep your back and legs safe on the job by always lifting using your legs instead of your back.
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