How do I repair low spots on my newly installed sod lawn?

Mon 16 May, 2005 01:14 pm
We recently installed a new sod lawn. The yard was graded, but there were some low spots still there when the sod was installed. Now, water is puddling on the spots and we are concerned that we will drown the sod. Can we cover it with peat moss to even it out?
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Tue 17 May, 2005 11:00 am
I found this. Hope it helps!

1. Cut an outline around the uneven area by inserting a spade into the turf. Place your foot on the base of the spade and push into the soil 3 to 4 inches. You're going to remove the turf, but first you need an outline to follow.

2. Slice the turf with the spade across the middle of the outlined area to make the sod more manageable. Pieces of sod should measure 18 to 24 inches wide.

3. Insert the spade under the sod and gently slice the roots as you shove the spade under the turf. You want to retain as much of the root growth as possible. (This is the hardest part of the job. Sometimes those roots just don't want to let go. Try not to tear or rip the sod pieces.)

4. Lift and roll the loosened sod as you cut away the roots.

5. Set the reserved sod in a shady area and keep it moist to prevent the roots from drying out.

6. Flatten the uneven area with a spade or shovel by adding or removing soil to match the level of the surrounding soil. Be sure to take into account the 1 to 2 inches of soil that's still attached to the sod.

7. Water the prepared area.

8. Lay down the previously removed sod onto the prepared soil. Adjust the sod's dimensions to fit the area.

9. Fill small cracks in the turf with more soil.

10. Keep the newly leveled area moist, especially the seams and most especially during hot weather.

11. Water the lawn normally after the sod becomes re-established.

If the uneven area is a small dip in the turf, spread a few inches of fresh potting soil directly on top of the turf. The dip will flatten out as the grass grows through the layer of soil.

In cold climates where winter freezing makes your lawn uneven, use a water-filled roller in the spring to even out affected areas.

For optimal results, avoid fixing uneven areas in hot weather. Extra water helps sod grow.

Don't fertilize until you see new growth.
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