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Landscaping 101: Installing Sod For Your Lawn

Landscaping 101: Installing Sod For Your Lawn


While installing sod might be a bit intimidating to some homeowners, it actually can be a quite simple landscaping task. Maybe not easy, but simple to do. 

However, there are certain steps to follow and a few tools you should have. Not to mention the preparation of the ground you plan to install your new sod onto.

Loving Our Lawns - Seeding or Sod?

In America, we do love our lawns. The proverbial homeowner will fuss over his front yard, spend inordinate amounts of time and money on fertilizers, lawn dressing materials, and yard tools for  maintenance. He will debate with his similarly lawn-fixated neighbors about the best direction to mow the lawn, the best times to water the lawn, and the best grass to have in the lawn.

And an additional debate centers around the best method for sod repair or replacement. The two options are planting grass seed, or seeing it, and installing sod - those strips of real lawn grass you see in rolls at the garden center.

The beauty of installing sod is that you can have an "instant" lawn in less than a week in ideal conditions. While the cost may seem a bit prohibitive for especially large areas, when you take into account the relative ease of placing rolls of sod versus spreading seed and nurturing the same, it is actually more cost-effective in many cases.

But there's a bit more to it than simply buying some rolls of sod and laying them out on your yard!


Installing Sod in Your Lawn - A Primer

Depending on where you live, the choices of lawn grass can be varied. One of the most critical consideration is not the aesthetics of your choice of grass, however.  

For example, you may think you want a beautiful carpet of genuine Kentucky Bluegrass. However, while it is suitable for northern lawns, some varieties are susceptible to heat and drought.  You may be better off with a more heat and drought resistant species instead.

Research and learn about your region's growing seasons, soil types, and hardiness zone.

As Seedland's website points out,

"Grass types are classified as Warm Season grass or Cool Season grass. This is determined by the season of the grass type's active growth period.

This critical information applies to lawn, sports turf and pasture grass. It does you no good to buy and plant a warm season grass only to find that the hard freeze that is normal for your winter will kill out the grass. Same goes for cool season grasses when the summer temperatures of the South shrivel your grass to nothing. Finding the right grass or MIXTURE of grasses is an important step in planting a great lawn, pasture or sport field."

Once you've determined the best choice of lawn sod for your home's location and where you plan to purchase your sod, it's time to get started.

And to help you with that we've put together this simple guide:




Once you've completed your DIY installation of beautiful, green grass you can look forward to a lush carpet of luxurious lawn that will serve to beautify your outdoor area. For most homeowners, there is nothing quite as gratifying as a healthy, green, and thick carpet of supple lawn grass in front of their home.

However, all that preparation, digging, pruning, cutting, and landscaping is bound to have created large amounts of organic and non-organic debris, waste, and other junk that needs to be gotten rid of. And there's a good chance you have generated more debris and waste than your recycling bin can handle.

So, what do you do with it all?

We suggest a call to Junk King, your local yard waste removal experts!


Call Junk King for Full-Service or Self-Service Yard Waste Removal

Whether you're clearing up debris and trash from your yard after your sod installation project, cleaning up from a home renovation, or just getting ready for the spring, you can count on Junk King to provide you with the tools you need to get rid of your unwanted waste and junk

And, regardless of whether you choose to make use of our full-service debris and junk removal, or rent one of our self-service MINI Dumpsters, we will still haul your waste materials to the most appropriate green disposal destination. 

Our professional and friendly crew can come and do all the heavy lifting and hauling for you or, if it works better with your schedule and type of cleanup project, you can rent one of our handy MINI Dumpsters and do the loading part yourself.

Either way, Junk King always has the best solutions for your large junk disposal needs.

Give us a call and our expert and insured trash removal team will call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive at your home. And once we arrive we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your materials will take up in our truck. Then you just point and we’ll haul your items into our junk removal trucks, all with no hidden fees.

Ready to get rid of that junk? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.

You can make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865)



Landscaping 101: Installing Sod For Your Lawn


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