Sodding a lawn provides a speedy, although more costly alternative to seeding a lawn. Some refer to it as an "instant lawn." Sod farms in the northeastern United States predominantly grow Kentucky Bluegrass sod sold by "the yard." Kentucky Blue prefers sunny growing conditions, so you may want to consider seeding shady areas of your lawn with a shade mix instead. Annual core aeration in the Fall will help keep problematic thatch levels under control.
ONE YARD OF SOD
One square yard of sod is typically 18-inches wide by 6-feet long, which equals 9 square feet. To calculate how many yards of sod you need for a lawn area, find out the square footage and divide by 9.
Preparation for sodding
A sod cutter was used to remove this old lawn. Then screened topsoil was spread to fill-in low and uneven areas. Soil at pavement edges was left 1-inch lower than the pavement to allow for the thickness of the sod.
Ready for sod
Sprinkler heads were marked to avoid damage from the sod cutter and provide a visual guide for cutting holes in the sod. Orange marking paint was used to delineate the edge of shrub beds where the sod needs to be trimmed.
Two pallets of sod (100 square yards) was enough to cover 900 square feet of lawn area. This sod was cut in 1/2-yard pieces, each one measuring 18-inches by 3-feet. Sod shouldn't be left stacked on pallets any longer than necessary.
First row of sod
Working from the top of the slope down, the first row of sod is laid. Close attention is given to butting-up sod edges snugly while not stretching the pieces. Joints between pieces of sod should be staggered like a brick wall. Fill any gaps with soil.
Trim to size
A sharp hatchet (or large knife) is used to cut the curved edges along shrub beds. These edges should be covered with topsoil or mulch to help prevent drying and browning.
Finished sod lawn
Thoroughly watered-in with more watering every day or two until the sod "knits down" to the soil and becomes established. Since most sod grasses are thatch producers, core aerate the lawn once or twice a year (Fall -or- Spring & Fall).