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There is much more to installing sod than one might think; you can't just lay it down and you're done. In order to reap the benefits from your sod installation, we've created a list of directions that will guide you through the entire process.

Soil Preparation

Step 1: Rototill or spade the area to a depth of four to six inches. Minimize drainage problems by having soil slope away from foundations, etc.

Step 2: Add any soil amendments such as redwood compost or gypsum. It is not always necessary to add fertilizer, but if you choose to, a high phosphate and potassium fertilizer (4-10-10 or a 6-20-20) applied at 5lbs. per 1,000 square feet of lawn area will enhance root establishment.

Step 3: Rake and smooth the soil, removing rocks, roots, and large clods. Keep the grade one inch below surrounding walkways, driveways, etc.

Step 4: Roll the area lightly with a lawn roller 1/3 full of water. This will firm the soil surface and reveal low areas that need more soil.

Sod Installation


Step 1: Begin installing sod along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or a sidewalk.

Step 2: Lay out sod by staggering the joints in each row like rows of bricks but with each joint tightly together. Using a blade, trim the sod to fit the given area. Avoid leaving small strips at outer corners; they will not retain moisture. On slopes, place sod across the slope to restrict water from rutting the joints.

Step 3: After installing the turf, roll the entire area to improve sod/soil contact and remove air pockets.


To aid and protect your investment, watering is most essential. After installing your sod, it should be watered daily and soaked thoroughly for the first 10 to 14 days. This encourages deep rooting in a new environment. Once the sod has established, watering may be reduced. For more tips on watering and maintenance, go to the maintenance section above.

If you should have further questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (408) 597-7000 OR (408) 610-8973. We'd be more than happy to help!

U-Save Sod serves the entire San Francisco Bay area!