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How to Prepare Your Yard for New Lawn Sod - Emerald Sod Farms

New construction? Weedy or patching grass? Landscaping remodel?

Whatever reason you have for new lawn sod, you want to be sure to properly prepare for it to avoid the most common pitfalls that could waste your time and money. Poor installation or preparation can result in air pockets that dry out the roots before they take hold, causing it to yellow. And while a quick intervention may recover the yellow grass, it isn’t guaranteed.

Choose the Right Sod

It’s important to note that not all sod is the same. Colorado has a very dry climate and temperatures can be very extreme in certain areas of your yard. Consider where you want the new lawn sod and how much sun and/or shade it will receive, and the type of weather it will likely be exposed to.

In Colorado, the best options for new lawn sod include ESF Bluegrass Blend, ESF Texas Hybrid and ESF Fescue/Bluegrass Blends. The right one for you will depend on several factors and should be discussed with a sod specialist.

Prepare the Soil

Your soil should be clear of any debris so the roots of the fresh, new lawn sod can come directly in contact with it and take root. Proper nutrients and pH balance will help the grass to have a healthy foundation in which to grow.  We recommend rototilling a your soil amendment a minimum of 4 inches   Be sure your sprinkler system is in good working order and there are no grading issues that create problematic puddling.

Choose the Right Delivery

Professional installation within twelve hours after delivery will protect your investment and give the best possible look and longevity.

Continue Proper Care

Keeping your new lawn sod properly watered, especially in the first two weeks, is critical for its success. Follow the specific instructions for new sod care for your specific type of grass and the time of year. Stay off the sod until instructed to avoid damage.

Deep watering done less frequently is the key to healthy green grass. In Colorado, be sure to aerate and feed your lawn as well to ensure nutrients and water are getting to the roots. Allow the grass stay a bit long (3″) to keep the moisture near the roots and protected from the sun.

A beautiful yard is easy with new lawn sod. More simple that grass seed, and quicker, sod will nearly instantly improve your home’s appearance and outdoor comfort. If you are looking for new lawn sod, contact Emerald Sod Farm today to learn more about the best sod for Colorado, applications, areas we service, and pricing.