How Hard Is It to Install Sod Grass?
Call us at 281-431-7441 for more information. Are you wondering how to install sod grass yourself? Want to understand what’s involved before you make that decision? Houston Grass South Owner Michael Romine explains the steps in installing sod in this video. Decide that you have other uses of your time — we can also arrange for professional sod installation services.
This is a summary of Michael’s video.
How to install sod? You know it partly depends on how much money you want to spend and or how important is it to you that it comes out perfect. There are some shortcuts that you can do, but the way that we say it ought to be done is if you have a piece of land, that is depending on how rough it is to begin with, whether or not you need to start with a box blade or how big the area it is where you’d start with a box blade or a sod cutter.
First thing you need to do is spray Roundup all over the whole area that you intend to lay grass on. And you need to normally give it about 7 to 10 days, and if you see any green after 7 to 10 days, you need to spray those areas again and make sure everything is good and dead to make sure that you don’t have any contamination from weeds in the future, because if you just go out there and scrape off everything that’s green and then lay the grass, smooth it out, put the grass on top of it, you’re bound to get weeds in the future and it would be a big problem especially with the common Bermuda grass. It would come through more than likely. That’s the biggest culprit usually.
So you spray it off real good and then you can either cut it down with a weed eater and then get that vegetation out of there, or ideally what you would do is take a sod cutter and remove the grass that’s, any vegetation that’s there. And if it’s just light weeds here and there, you could probably just take the weed eater and get away with doing that. But once you remove all the vegetation, you need to put a…if you’ve got uneven areas you need to put out some top soil. Adding top soil all over your project area is always a good idea, but sometimes it’s just an unreasonable project to take on.
So the important thing is that you make sure that it’s incredibly smooth, make sure your drainage is good, because this is the time to take care of those things when there’s not grass out there. Once the grass is out there, there’s no fixing the drainage or anything like that. You’re kind of stuck with it without spending a lot more money on tearing up grass and redoing grass and all that business. So that is as far as prep work and whatnot, I would say that that kind of summarizes that.
When you’ve got everything smooth and looking good and clear of all the debris and everything, then you want to lay the grass. And laying the grass is kind of the easy part. After that you really just lay it down like tile. You cut it down, cut it away from the concrete maybe half to three quarters of an inch so that where the piece of grass lays along your sidewalks and whatnot where you don’t want to see any dirt. Like I said, you just cut it down away from the concrete, maybe with a flat shovel, usually works best. So any place that meets concrete, that’s something to consider. And other than that you just lay the grass out there as tight as you can like tile next to one another. Any place that there is dirt exposed, like at the seams, more than likely the sun will hit that and germinate weed seeds and potentially bring some weeds and unwanted weeds into your yard.
So get those pieces of grass as tightened up as you can and then after that the whole secret to planting grass is watering it. The first two or three days is the most critical, but the first couple of weeks, depending on the time of the year that you plant it, that’s…it’s really important that the upfront watering that you follow the guidelines that we have. Those first couple of days really getting it good and soaked in there and stuck to the ground real well and getting rid of those air pockets, that’s a real important part of the process. That’s usually sometimes the thing that people neglect to do is those upfront waterings and staying on top of that especially if you’re talking about planting grass in June or July. That is even more critical. So I would say that kind of summarizes how to install sod grass.
At Houston Grass South, we’re happy to offer advice or arrange for professional help to install our beautiful sod grass. Our owner, Michael Romine, grew up working in the grass business at his family farm in Bay City, Texas, so he knows what he’s talking about. We’re confident in the high quality of the grass we sell because our grass comes from that family farm. So if you’re looking for Raleigh St. Augustine grass, Floratam St. Augustine, Palmetto St. Augustine, Tifway 419 Bermuda grass, TexTurf 10 Bermuda grass, or Palisades Zoysia grass, you’ll find the finest available in the Houston area at Houston Grass South.
We’re located just off Highway 6 a few miles east of Sienna Plantation and just a little to the west of the intersection with FM 521. We have plots of all of our grass varieties so if you’re unsure what variety you’d like, come on out to our office and do some barefoot testing!