Hi everyone! If this is your first time here, my name is Kevin and I’m the husband around here. I’ve created a little series inside our regular posts called “Handyman Wednesday” that shows you how to do handyman things that I’ve encountered that week. Today, that encounter is laying sod.
Here’s the disclaimer: laying sod will make you sore. Very sore. Very VERY sore. Remember to stretch!
Step 1: Get Sod Delivered. Don’t pick it up unless it’s a small quantity. Have a semi and fork truck put it exactly where you want and you’ll save your back a lot of pain. Cost: $70
Most sod companies in Dallas cut the sod the night before from a warmer area then have it over-nighted into the city and delivered at 10AM the next day. This way the sod is fresh and more likely to survive.
Three pallets is a lot of sod. Don’t fool yourself. It took Jess and I about 5 man-hours of labor per pallet!
Step 2: Put sod in wheelbarrow. Don’t stack more than 7 or 8 high. I put 14 on an early wheelbarrow and tipped it over!
Step 3: Find your favorite corner for each partition of yard. You want to start laying sod in a corner to minimize the amount of cuts you need to make. We chose the corner of the sidewalk and the corner by the garage.
Step 4: Lay the sod in a brick pattern. This means the joints of rows should never line up. See the picture for a better description.
Step 5: Make sure all seams are as tight as possible! It’s ok to step on the seams to insure the pieces lay flat on the ground. Then, continue to build out the pattern.
Ok, everything I’ve shown so far has got me through 1 pallet of 3. A pallet of sod should be 50 square yards (450 square feet). I think ours were closer to 60 sq yds.
Now, you’ll need a break. Drink some water. stretch again. Get ready for Pallet 2!
Final Step: Cut the sod to fill in the holes. You’ll have a lot of gaps from laying the brick pattern down, going around curved surfaces, and needing to cut around sprinkler heads (hopefully). We just used a regular shovel for this task. The lines don’t come out perfect, but they’re pretty close. The pro’s use a machete. If you have a machete I’m a little worried about you, but you finally have a use for it! (You could probably also use one of those ninja swords your husband got at a street fair 15 years ago but refuses to throw away… it’s possible!)
Hopefully, you’re done! If you have an entire pallet left like us, take it to your front yard or sell it to coworkers (we did both). The dirt showing in the pictures above are future flower beds (Jess is excited about these). That will be another post in a month or so once warm weather hits Dallas (It’s ONLY 60 degrees today…brrr).
Here are some pictures of the final product. You must remember to WATER THOROUGHLY for the first 2 weeks. The first couple days, over-water. I mean it. A sprinkler for 30 minutes isn’t too much water. After that, you can cut it back to about 15 minutes, twice a day (morning and evening).
Have you ever laid sod? Have you ever killed sod? Do the lines in the yard bug you from the sod? Why don’t you ever see the headline “Psychic wins lottery”? Why is it called lipstick if you can still move your lips?