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Sod Installation in Raleigh, NC

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Installing Sod in the Triangle & Raleigh area for years

It can take some time to seed a lawn and bring it into a mature and healthy state. That lush, green, consistent look you want isn’t born in a day. Although, with sod, it can be. Sometimes you don’t have time to spend waiting. Installing sod is an alternative that can look and feel just like a naturally-grown lawn.

The sod installation process may seem simple, but to be done well, it should really be handled by professional landscapers. There are many steps involved that, if not done correctly, can make future problems likely.

A natural sod installation involves:

The entire process relies on multiple variables, including soil, terrain, and grass sod type. Barefoot Lawn Care know how to customize a sod installation to fit all these elements into a seamless job.

After construction is done on a new home or renovation, often there are large dead areas where grass was trampled by workers or crushed by work materials. Barefoot Lawn Care can bring these unsightly areas quickly into a presentable state again.

Here in the Raleigh area, fescue is a very common grass for lawns. Fescue sod, while a good option, may be sensitive to extreme heat as it is a cool season grass. In areas without any shade, it may be better to look to CentipedeZoysia or Bermuda warm season grasses. North Carolina is a transition zone so it’s important to keep the temperature in mind. Trust Barefoot Lawn Care to understand and advise you on what sod to install on your property.

Sod Installation FAQs

How Do You Prepare Soil For New Sod?

Effective prep depends on multiple factors, including your soil, terrain and sod type. These will influence how much soil must be loosened with a rototiller (anywhere from 4-8 inches), what types of resources should be incorporated (sand or clay soils, fertilizers, compost, etc.) and more.

How Often Should You Water New Sod?

New sod should be watered twice a day, for about 40 minutes in total, for at least two months (just be sure to account for any recent or upcoming rain). This should ensure that 3-6 inches of soil gets moist per day. When the sod has started rooting into the soil, you can switch to watering it once each day, with enough water to soak the top 1.25 inch of soil.

When Is The Best Time To Lay Sod?

The ideal timing is late spring to summer, as warm soil temperatures will help sod take root more quickly and effectively. Fall is also a viable option for cool season turf, such as fescue, due to the favorable temperament.

When Should You Mow New Sod?

If you lightly tug the sod and see that little white roots have formed to keep it grounded, you’re set to start push mowing at a cutting height of 3 inches. This should be around 7–15 days after installation.

How Long Does Sod Take To Root?

Your new sod should root within 14 days of application. Additionally, it can take up to six weeks for the sod to develop a deep root system.

Can You Lay Sod Over Existing Grass?

While this seems like a time and effort saver, it can kill your sod and create more work. Even if the sod survives, it will be difficult for it to take root, old weeds may resurface and it won’t look nearly as good.

Barefoot Lawn Care: More than Just Commercial Landscaping

Visit our commercial landscaping photo gallery to see examples of our work. For a free price quote on our commercial landscaping and lawn maintenance services, call us today.

Don’t let your lawn get swamped every time it rains. Trust Barefoot Lawn Care for quality sod installation, drainage management services and complete NC lawn care and maintenance. Based out of Smithfield, NC, we are proud to serve the surrounding areas, including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Fuquay-Varina, GarnerWake Forest, Knightdale, Wendell, Clayton, Smithfield, Selma, Pine Level, Princeton, Goldsboro, Four Oaks, Benson, Dunn, Coats, & Buies Creek, NC. Contact us today for a free quote on our sod installation services!

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