I tend to think I'm pretty good at explaining to people how to do things, but even I know when I am over my head. Sodding a lawn is actually not as difficult as many people seem to think it is. Unfortunately putting directions into words appears to be very difficult. I will do my best to explain how to sod a lawn but I will warn you up front. It will be best to view the video to clear up the confusion as for I am sure this article will probably confuse or at least intimidate most. It sure has confused me after reviewing the article and I'm pretty familiar with the procedure.

Good Luck and remember. View the video.

These are steps to follow assuming that your existing lawn has already been removed and your existing lawn is currently just soil with no grass. If you currently have and existing lawn view the removing existing turf section in the How To Section. ( If only sodding small areas, see sodding small areas section in the How To section).


Step 1) Measure the entire area to determine the amount of sod that will be needed to complete the job.

Step 2) Assuming you do not currently have any existing turf, you will need to loosen your soil. You can achieve this by either using a stiff gardening rake or a Roto Tiller depending on the size or the amount of labor you are willing to put into it. I would personally use a Roto Tiller if one is available and the area is big enough to support one.

Step 3) Take your measurements to your local sod farm or supply store that sells sod. If you have your measurements then they can help you determine the amount of sod you will need.

Step 4) Beginning at one corner, place the first piece unrolled sod in a horizontal position. ( From Left to Right ). Place the second piece of sod against the end of the first piece of sod placed. Continue placing the sod pieces in this fashion until you have reached the the end of the first row in the area being sodded.

Step 5) Beginning at the end of the area that you left off at with the first row, Begin your second row placing the sod pieces in the same fashion as you did with this row.

Step 6) Beginning at the end of the area you left off at with the second row, Begin your third row placing the sod pieces in the same fashion as you did with the second row. Continue each additional row in the same fashion until you reach the end of the area being sodded.

Step 6) Cut off any access pieces of sod that are hanging over into areas that are nod being sodded or to big for the area. This applies to when you reach a sidewalk or up against a home or any other obstacle.

You are almost done. Lets just review a few notes first that I feel need to be mentioned.

1) Most sod pieces come in sections of 1 foot width and 3 foot sections. I have seen sod farms and other retailers sell them in different sizes though. This is why it is best to take the measurements of the area with you. Also be prepared with a pickup truck of some sort to carry the sod pieces back home with you. One roll of sod can weigh up to 50 lbs depending on the amount of soil still attached to it. Some Sod Farms and Retailers also offer delivery.

2) Loosening the soil prior to sodding will be important to ensure that the soil is not to compacted and the root system of the sod will be able to work its way into the soil and establish a good base, and to ensure there is no unwanted debris in the soil that will prevent the sodding from building a good root base.

3) If the sod pieces come in rolls, when putting them in place, lay the roll down, unroll the roll and then be sure it is completely unrolled by stretching it as far as you can to ensure the base of the roll is completely flat against the soil otherwise you may wind up using more sod than you need or the root system may not establish as intended.

4) The purpose of starting the next row where you ended the last row is so that your pieces are not even with each other. If your peices are exactly next to each other you are more likely to have visible seems for a quit some time after the root system has been established. For example, the beginning of a peice of sod in the second row should start in the middle of the peice of sod in the first row.

5) When cutting off any peices of access sod, use a sharp knife or a sod cutter. Save these access peices. I have never sodded a lawn yet where there wasn't some smaller areas that needed filling in. Use these peices to fill in those areas.

6) Make sure that all pieces of sod are touching one another. I usually acheive this by lifting up the peices of sod that are next to each other about an inch off the ground as I am laying the sod and placing them both down at the same time as if I were seeming a piece of carpet. ( The video will show what I mean by this).

Well, either you are now all done sodding your lawn or I have completely confused you and you have called in a professional. Either way, once your sod is all in place, it is very important to to keep the new sod watered. For the first few weeks it would be best to water about 1 inch of water every other day. After about 3 weeks it should be ok to resume back to normal watering practices.( Directions for normal watering practices found in the How To Section as Well).