You probably already know that laying sod is an easy and affordable way to quickly establish a gorgeous new lawn. But, if you’re like many homeowners, you may not realize that turfgrass can also work to repair unsightly damage to your lawn.
Sod is the perfect answer to fixing lawn imperfections. Whether your curious new puppy decides to do some digging, someone accidentally drives across the lawn or your grass is damaged by some other means, small pieces of turfgrass can cover the problem areas to restore the beauty of your landscape. Read on to learn how.
Assess the Amount of Damage
Start by measuring the length and width of the damaged lawn area. To ensure proper coverage, don’t order sod for an exact fit – your yard isn’t a perfectly flat surface, which means your measurements could be a little off. Give yourself some wiggle room, and plan to purchase a piece of turfgrass that’s about 1/3 larger than you think you need.
Try to order sod that’s the same species as the grass that currently covers your lawn – otherwise, the new turfgrass could stick out like a sore thumb. If you can’t find the same species, ask your sod supplier to recommend a similar turfgrass.
Prepare the Area for the Sod
Before laying your new piece of sod, you’ll need to do a bit of prep work.
Use a rake and hoe to remove patches of dead or struggling grass in the damaged lawn area. As you work, try to form an even, rectangular section of soil to give yourself an easier time placing the piece of turfgrass.
Dig down about ¾ inch, and apply a layer of organic matter, like peat moss or compost. For best results when using turfgrass to repair your damaged lawn, rototill the material deep into the soil. Water the area and, if necessary, tamp it down to ensure the soil is level with the existing lawn.
Cut the Sod to Fit the Space
Next, using a sod cutter or sharp utility knife, crop the turfgrass to fit the prepared soil area. Keep in mind – you can always cut more sod away for more precise coverage of the damaged lawn area, but you can’t add more if you trim the piece down too much.
Once you have a close match to the size of your damaged lawn space, lay the sod on the soil. Push it down to the same level as the rest of the yard, then fold and press the edges to join the new turfgrass with the adjacent grass. Water thoroughly, follow our new sod care guidelines, and soon your lawn will look as good as new.
Ready to repair your damaged lawn? Alpha Sod, serving customers throughout Utah, Idaho and Wyoming, specializes in supplying the finest turfgrasses available in the Intermountain West. For more advice on using sod to beautify your landscape, contact us today.