Identify the areas of your lawn that you want to sod and begin by removing all weeds, rocks, and debris. Work the soil up to a depth of 6 inches, taking care to break up any clumps or clods you encounter.
Once the soil is properly aerated, mix in a high quality top soil. It is recommended that you blend in 3 yards of top soil per 1000 square feet of lawn and mix thoroughly.
Carefully smooth out the soil area to create an even surface and identify any depressions or irregularities that should be addressed prior to installation. Remember to grade the surface to a depth 1-inch below paved surfaces such as driveways, patios, and walkways to accommodate the thickness of the sod.
Scatter fertilizer (Ideally triple 15 or 15-15-15 nutrient ratio) onto the soil evenly at the rate of one pound per 100 sq. ft. of lawn area. Rake lightly. Be sure soil is level and smooth before laying sod. Avoid laying sod on bone dry soil.
Lay first strip of sod slabs along a straight line (use a string in irregular areas). Butt joints tightly and be sure not to overlap edges. On second strip, stagger joints as in laying bricks. Use a sharp knife to cut sod to fit curves, edges and sprinkler heads.
Do not lay entire lawn before watering. When a conveniently large area has been sodded, water lightly to prevent drying. The warmer and dryer the weather, the greater the need for this fast initial watering. Continue to lay sod and water until installation is complete.
The care you provide your sod during the first 10 days after installation is crucial. Sprinkle the lawn at regular intervals to ensure it remains moistened at least 8-inches deep as the sod gets established. Once rooted, the sod can be watered less frequently, with greater volumes of water with each watering.