Laying Amazoy Zoysia Sod

Preparation

The area to be sodded should be cleared of old vegetation such as old grass and weeds. This is best done with a non-discriminant herbicide. Any stones or tree branches should also be removed. The soil should be tilled to a minimum of 1 inch deep, and up to 6 inches deep if possible is even better. For larger lawn replacement projects, a rototiller would be a wise rental or investment as it will make quick work of the area, breaking up any compacted soil while uprooting any vegetation and debris. A final raking of the area will pick up most of the loose rocks and roots and make for an excellent bed in which to lay the sod.

Laying the sod

Like building a wall with bricks, the sod should be laid in a pattern that staggers the seams for the best results. Keeping the seams tight will help the appearance and prevent weeds from finding open ground in which to grow. Any rounded flower beds or walkways are best done first, to set the curves and allow for the cutting of abutting pieces. A good sharp utility knife is essential for cutting in pieces to meet evenly and to cut around curved garden edges. Other useful items are people to help! While our individual pieces of sod only weigh 5 to 6 pounds, each pallet of grass will weigh over a ton. That can wear anyone down over time when lifting hundreds of pieces. A wheelbarrow will ease the transportation from the pallet to where the sod will be laid.

Essential tools

  1. Rototiller
  2. Rake
  3. Wheelbarrow
  4. Utility knife (the sharper the better)
  5. People to help
  6. A few more people to help
  7. Garden hose for watering

After the sod is laid

Once the sod is laid, the only thing left to do is water the lawn thoroughly. Amazoy Zoysia is extremely drought tolerant but sod dries out in transportation particularly along the edges. A good initial soak of the sod is essential for helping it adapt to its new home. After that, a light watering for about 15-20 minutes ONCE a day for 2 weeks is all that is required. If it rains there is no need to water that day. The greatest danger to all Zoysia lawns is over watering. Zoysia grass does not like wet areas so over watering is the fastest way to ruin a new Zoysia lawn.

Why sod?

Learn how to order your Amazoy Zoysia sod, or see our our comparison chart showing sod installation compared to other methods of establishing a Zoysia lawn.
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