Preparing your lawn for new sod

Don't sweat it. Here's how:

Prepare the area by clearing it of any existing weeds or grass.

• This will minimize weed control problems.

• The most common way to clear the area is by applying a broad-spectrum herbicide.

Remove sticks, stones, roots, debris, and large clods.

Locate and flag sprinkler heads.

This will minimize damage or delays when cutting out the sod.

Work, level, and smooth the area with a rake

Make sure the grade is ½ inch below driveways, walkways, and borders; and 1 inch below sprinkler heads.

Pre-irrigate the surface

Water the evening before installation. It’s essential that sod is not installed on a dry surface.