Sodding installation is an investment in your yard that requires a fair amount of work and skill. It is not a DIY project but a task best left to landscapers who deal with sod on a regular basis. The cost of sodding can be a bit higher than a do-it-yourself lawn but the benefits of a lush, green yard make it worth the effort for many homeowners.
There are several factors that can impact the total cost of sod installation, including the type of grass used, the size and shape of the yard, delivery fees, and geographic location. The quality of the sod also has an impact on the final cost. Some grass types, such as Bahia and Ryegrass, are typically cheaper while Zoysia, St. Augustine and Centipede are more expensive.
Before starting your sodding project, determine how much square footage you need to sod. This can be done by measuring your yard and multiplying the length by the width to get the area in feet. Keep in mind that areas that will be covered by driveways, sidewalks or other structures will require additional sod.
Prior to installing the sod, rake the soil to level it out and ensure that it is no more than one inch below the grade of any paved surfaces or sprinkler heads (Image 1). Also, a light application of phosphorus fertilizer will encourage root growth but be careful not to overdo it. Lastly, make sure the sod arrives on a day when you can install it immediately to prevent it from decomposition or damage.