Sod is a perishable product. Always make sure to store sod in the shade and sprinkle with water in hot or dry weather.
Begin immediately after delivery. Lay sod along the sidewalk in a straight line. Then continue to lay sod in a brick work pattern. Smoothing the area immediately ahead with a rake.
To save time, place the roll of sod in its position and unroll.
Make sure the sod edges butt up against one another. Do not overlap or leave spaces. When sodding a sloped area, lay the sod horizontally; stake the sod if necessary.
Cut off any uneven edges, wherever necessary, with a sharp knife or the edge of a shovel. Shape to fit the area.
After all the sod has been laid, roll your new lawn with a lawn roller filled with water. Roll to remove air pockets and to ensure your sod makes good contact with the soil. If extremely dry, wet the newly laid sod before rolling.
Immediately after installation, thoroughly water. Use a sprinkler to enable one section to be watered while working on the next. Apply one inch of water depending on the conditions. Check by lifting corners to see if water has penetrated through to soil.
Note: A dense healthy lawn is the best weed control as the weeds have no place to get started. Also if your neighbours or your previous lawn had insect problems, check your lawn regularly as control measures may be necessary.