Installing Sod On Dry Ground

While the labor involved in laying sod can be pretty demanding, the process is quite simple. I explain the basics at How To Lay Sod.

In my directions I point out that I keep the ground moist durring installation. However, I don’t go into detail as to why it’s important to keep the ground moist. And while it seems obvious to me why, I know it’s not to some folks because I got an email about it the other day. It’s like this:

I live in Scottsdale and am going to install a small area of grass for upcoming children. I read on your site that the ground should be wet but on another site I read that it should be dry. What’s the difference?

Your site is great by the way and I use it all the time. (I had to leave that in there.)

And my reply….

That’s interesting. My own experience is that when you lay something wet on something hot and dry, the hot and dry will suck the moisture right out of it.

It’s the same with most things. Place a wet and dry sponge together and they will transfer to one another.

While it may not be a life threatening deal, I think the least amount of transfer shock the better.

End of email.

I would like to clarify that I don’t mean to wet the sod area down to be a muddy mess. You simply need to keep things moist so there is the least amount of moisture transfer from the sod to the ground.

You also need to give the turf that’s already been installed a periodic sprinkle to keep it moist. Then after the entire lawn is installed, water it good and go over it with a roller. This helps make solid contact with the ground, meshes seems, removes air pockets, and levels the lawn.

Pretty simple. You can get the rest at: How To Lay A Sod Grass Lawn.

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