Turf Installation, Preperation, and Care

Texas Grass Depot is always available to professionally complete your entire lawn preparation and installation project from start to finish. If you prefer to install your turf yourself, however, please remember to schedule your turf delivery after preparatory work is done so that your lawn can be installed immediately upon delivery.

Preparation of soil – For best results, eradicate all existing weeds or vegetation, then till or spade the area to be sodded to a depth of four to six inches. Eliminate drainage problems by having soil slope away from foundations, retaining walls, and other such structures. Rake in your compost or organic amendments as needed to a depth of three to four inches. Rake and smooth the soil, removing rocks, roots, and large clods. Keep the soil grade at least one inch below sidewalks or driveways.

After deliveryInstall your lawn immediately upon turf delivery. Prompt installation is crucial to a strong beginning for your lawn. Begin installing turf along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or sidewalk. Butt and push edges and ends against each other tightly, without stretching. Avoid gaps or overlaps. Stagger the joints in each row in a brick-like fashion, using a large sharp knife to trim corners, etc. Avoid leaving small strips at outer edges as they will not retain moisture. On slopes, place the turf pieces across the slope. To avoid causing indentations or air pockets, avoid repeated walking or kneeling on the turf while it is being installed or just after watering. After installing the turf, it is advisable to roll the entire area to improve turf/soil contact and remove air pockets.

Begin watering lawn (at least 1 inch) within 30 minutes of installation. Turf is a living plant that requires ground contact and moisture to survive! Water daily (or more often depending on weather conditions) keeping turf moist until it is firmly rooted (about 2 weeks), after which the less frequent and deeper watering should begin. Weather conditions will dictate the amount and frequency of watering as well. Be certain that your new lawn has enough moisture to survive hot, dry, or windy periods. Water areas near buildings more often where reflected heat dries the turf. During the first three weeks, avoid heavy or concentrated use of your new lawn. This gives the roots an opportunity to firmly knit with soil, and insures that the turf will remain smooth.

Even with proper care of your new lawn, some visual evidence of shock may be observed (except for those months when grass is dormant, when shock will not be observed) – most notably there may be some yellowing or browning (within the first few days), which is a temporary condition. Recovery takes place during the rooting and knitting process.

The sod has been adequately fertilized at the farms. No fertilization is necessary or desirable until after the system has developed. No root stimulants or weed killers should be applied.

Your new sod lawn increases your property value significantly. With proper care, it will remain a great asset, providing beauty, a clean playing surface, and an improved environment.