How do I get started?
First you want to have four to six inches of topsoil. Then you can put down a starter fertilizer. This helps promote quicker root growth.
Sod is typically sold by the square yard. To get the most accurate measurement you will need to determine what areas you will be installing sod.
Then measure in feet the length x width and divide by 9, this will give you how many yards you will need. Get those sprinklers ready!
Watering tips: Proper watering techniques are a critical part of lawn care.
The first water establishes how well the grass will perform for years to come.
It should push in easily and have moisture along the first 3 to 4 inches.
Areas near buildings also tend to dry out faster because of heat that is reflected off of them.
To conserve water and insure adequate soak-in, turn-off the water when runoff beings, wait 30 minutes to an hour and restart the watering on the same area.
Sprinkling does not replace the need for longer, deeper watering, which will be more critical during these adverse weather conditions.
What you will need:
4-6 flat-bottomed, straight-sided cans (tuna fish, cat food, etc); a ruler; and a watch.
Arrange the cans at random distances away from the sprinkler, but within the area you assume is being covered.
Run the sprinkler, for a specific amount of time (30 minutes) or run the water until a specific amount of water is in at least one can (0.5 in.)
Measure the amount of water in each can, checking for uniformity. Some variation is expected but a difference of 25-30% or more between any two cans must be addressed by replacing or adjusting the sprinkler or relocating the system.
Fertilizing Your Lawn
Amount of Fertlizer to buy for your lawn:
Try to purchase only the amount of fertilizer needed at one time or be sure a safe, dry place is available to store the larger amount. 8-10-30 is a good starter fertilizer.
Apply at the rate of 40 lb. for every 10,000 square feet.
Fertilizer spreaders (BROADCAST spreaders are highly recommended vs. drop spreaders) for home lawns can be adjusted to apply materials at different rates. It is recommended that the application be made using 1/2 of the fertilizer applied in two different directions. This allows for rate adjustment when the job is 1/2 done and eliminates streaking due to uneven application patterns. Consult your dealer or the spreader owners manual for suggested settings.