Sod Your Own Lawn In Calgary
If you have purchased a new home you may want to consider sodding your lawn. It will save you weeks of looking at dirt and save your floors when kids and pets come into your home.
In just a few days, you can have a beautiful green lawn and all your landscaping completed. It's an easy "do it yourself" project with quick results.
Start by properly preparing your lawn site using the tips listed below
- 1. Kill All The Existing Weeds and Wild Grasses
- Use a glyphosate type of herbicide that quickly dissipates.
- 2. Till Your Lawn Area
- Try to achieve a 1-2 percent gentle slope that allows water to run off. 1/2 meter drop per 30 meters is ideal.
- Avoid any low depressions and or high spots
- You can use a long 2x4 to gradually smooth out the lawn area.
- 3. Spread A Fresh Layer of Rich Loam and Fertilizer
- Add approximately 5cm of fresh loam to the lawn area.
- Spread a sod preparation fertilizer or compost over the lawn area.
- Till the lawn a second time
- Prepare the final grade of the lawn area.
- 4. Install Walkways and Other Items
- Install underground sprinklers.
- Install any walkways, stepping blocks or garden bed borders.
- Make sure your graded area is 2-3cm below your sprinkler heads and sidewalks
- 5. Choose Your Sod Grass Type
- In Calgary, a lush green lawn can often be a liability. A lawn that remains green up to freeze-up is not properly hardened off for winter and will be susceptible to winter damage. Merion Bluegrass is a cultivar that tends to stay lush too long and should be avoided in northern lawns. Merion is also subject to cold injury and numerous diseases. Choose you grass seed mixture according to the care and use your lawn will receive. If you can provide irrigation, Kentucky Bluegrass cultivars
such as Nugget, Banff, Dormie and Park are recommended. They are hardy and resistent to snow mold. For shady areas use Dawson or Boreal Fescue. For dry areas where irrigation is not possible, use deep rooted and drought tolerant grasses such as Crested Wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum) or Russian Wild Ryegrass (Elymus junceus). The cultivar of Crested Wheatgrass that is recommended is `Fairway'. The recommended cultivars of Russian Wild Ryegrass are `Sawki', `Mayak', `Swift', `Cabree'. Many of the diseases of turf grasses common to moister and warmer climates are rarely a problem in the north, but those that do occur occasionally become severe enough to cause extensive damage to the turf. There are many publications on diseases and insects of the lawn, so I will not discuss that here. The main cause of winterkill in the northern lawn is physical damage. This is caused by foot traffic, snowmobiles, cars etc. Always keep traffic off the turf. Avoid building skating rinks on turf areas unless you are willing to accept any winter kill that results. It only takes one pass of a snowmobile to pack the snow down and reduce its insulation value. It is the insulation provided by the snow that enables most plants to survive the winter. Turf information provided by Patricia Chenier Smith
- 6. Before You Lay Your Sod
- Take a wide rake and rake the top top soil aiming for a final leveling. This also creates a loose top soil layer that helps the new sod take root.
- Your lawn area soil should be moist. This is best accomplished by watering a day or two before installation. Be careful not to over water and create a mud bog. You should be able to lay the sod without leaving tracks. You want a firm moist soil.
- 7. Order Your Sod
- Order your sod to be delivered the same day you plan to lay it out.
- Don't order your sod planning to get to it in a few days time. Large pallets of sod generate a substantial amount of heat do to composting. You can ruin your sod by letting it sit on the pallet for to long.
- 8. Lay Your Sod
- Start by laying sod along a straight line such as the driveway, house or sidewalk.
- Roll out each piece in a straight row, firmly push the ends together leaving no spaces between the sod pieces.
- Stagger adjoining rows so the seems don't line up with each other.
- Use a carpet knife to cut your sod pieces around curves, sprinklers, stepping blocks and other lawn obstacles.
- Avoid walking on the newly laid sod until after you have rolled the area with a lawn roller.
- 9. Roll The Lawn Area
- Roll your sod with a lawn roller. Lawn Rollers can be rented for the day. Rolling the sod is and important step. The roller creates firm contact between the soil and sod roots which will knit your lawn quicker.
- 10. Water Your Sod
- Water your newly sodded lawn daily. After the first week, cut back to every third day or so keeping the lawn moist but not wet.
- Apply fertilizer sparingly throughout the growing season and mow the lawn when needed.
- In three to four weeks your lawn should be established and ready for your kids to play on.
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