Typically sod can be planted anytime during the growing season; as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring - right up to late fall.
You MUST have at least 6”-8” of good quality topsoil. You only have one shot at getting this step right! This is where your turf roots will grow be sure they’ll have room! Make sure is it free of all weeds and debris.
After you have leveled your site and brought your topsoil up to within 1” of all sidewalks, driveways, flower beds, etc, then apply a quality turf-starter fertilizer (high ‘middle’ number) and water it in.
You should now have a smooth, damp area with sufficient nutrients for root growth on which to lay down your turf.
Try to start at your furthest point so you are not walking on the turf as you lay it. Develop a brick like pattern by starting your first row with a whole roll, and your second with a 1/2 piece.
This prevents your seams from being one continuous line. If you have a steep area, lay your turf up and down the hill, not horizontal, this way your seams will not separate.
The first watering is the MOST important. This does two things; it waters the turf and also helps to settle and remove air pockets under the sod. Water your sod heavier for the first time, and then maintain a balance between wet and damp for about 10 days.
Once the turf has rooted and is well attached to the soil, reduce the frequency of your watering. Less frequent, heavier waterings will encourage deeper turf roots, as they will instinctively grow deeper in search of more moisture.
Mowing & Maintenance
When your new turf is ready for its first trim, it is VERY important not to cut it too short! Maintain a minimum mowing height of 2.5” for our Okanagan turf types. Mowing any shorter will rob your grass of available energy from the sun and shrink your root system.
Mowing taller at 2.5" - 3” creates a healthier lawn, reducing the opportunity of foreign grasses and weed seeds to penetrate and germinate in your new lawn. Mow often, with a sharp mower blade, taking off no more than 1/3 of the leaf to avoid stressing the grass.
Feeding Your New Lawn
The turf-starter you put down before laying your turf will help get your roots established. After about the 3rd week it is time to supply your new lawn with nitrogen to maintain its health & vitality.
Turfgrass should be fed small amounts of fertilizer every 5-7 weeks throughout the growing season to maintain color, thickens and heartiness.
If you begin to notice any foreign plans such as broadleaf or weedy grasses, it is important to act quickly. Poor quality topsoil, airborne seeds, animals, and birdfeeders can all contribute to weed populations.
For help identifying and controlling any weed, disease or turfgrass pest problem, call Nutri-Lawn at 250-769-5585. They have the knowledge and experience to handle all your lawn care needs.