Sodding is the secret to a lush, green lawn. You’ve been watering yours and buying Scotts Turf Builder at Home Depot, but you’ve found out that’s like scotch taping great art to the walls — it’s the wrong approach for the desired result.

Pulling into your driveway in the evening and glimpsing the beauty of your front lawn helps bring a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction at the end of a hard day. A lawn dotted with toys, brown patches and dandelions makes you want to just keep driving. Invest the time and money this year in a professionally landscaped lawn, and your kids won’t dare leave a Frisbee on it.

Preparing the Land

Having your yard sodded provides a magical transformation. You leave for work in the morning to weeds and crab grass and return home to golf-course-worthy blades of green. It sounds easy — you just roll it out like a new carpet — but it has to be done right. First, whatever grass you have growing there now needs to be removed. This is no easy chore. It can be done little by little by your dog, or all at once with a sod cutter rented from your local hardware store. The soil underneath this needs to be broken up as well, and is best done by a rototiller.

Next, the soil needs to be prepared to receive the sod. Not all soil is the same, and the only way to truly know what kind you have is to test it. Once those results are in, you will know what nutrients your soil requires to foster the growth of your new grass. These nutrients will need to be mixed in and layered with more soil, fertilizer, lime and compost, and spread evenly over the surface.

Grass Types

Various grasses are available for different areas of the country based on climate, so look carefully at your choices and select the one you like best. It’s important to consider how much sun or shade your sod will be getting as well, as that will affect its growth and hardiness.

Like carpet, sods have to be laid carefully so that they don’t overlap or leave bare spots, and need to be trimmed around structures, trees or other landscaping features. Steady watering and proper care and fertilization are necessary to keep your sod healthy.

Sod has a reputation of being an easy way to get a nice lawn, but the fact is that it is not easy, it’s just fast. Preparing and laying sod can be backbreaking work, and any mistakes can lead to the premature death of your carpet of green. Trust Earthworks Landscaping to bring you the lawn you’ve always dreamed of. Their specialists have been sodding private and commercial lawns in Northern Utah for many years, and their work is guaranteed. Call Earthworks today to learn more about sodding your yard.