How to Repair a Lawn Using Sod

Patches of dead grass in lawns can be troubling for homeowners because they can spoil otherwise appealing lawns. One easy and long-lasting solution for repairing a damaged lawn is using sod. Also referred to as turf, sod is grass with soil beneath it, and it is a great option for homeowners who want an instantly beautiful lawn. If your own lawn could do with a bit of patching, here’s a simple and effective method for repairing a lawn with sod.

  1. Identify the Problem

What caused the grass to die? There could be several reasons for this, including too much traffic, freeze, insects, disease, not enough water, or heavy shade, to name a few. Before repairing your lawn, it’s important to identify the root of the problem so that you can keep it in check.

  1. Prepare the Damaged Area

Begin by removing the dead roots and other debris. Do this carefully, without damaging the good grass. Once you’re done, outline the patch area with spray paint or string so that it forms a square, and then cut the edges of the area straight and rake it smooth. The straight sides and the square shape will make the process of fitting in the new sod easier, with no cutting in odd shapes. Water the area and set the soil straight.


  1. Buy High-Quality Sod

Before buying fresh sod, measure the four sides you’ve created during step 2. You want to buy one third more sod than the amount of the damaged area.

Quality Plus Sod is one high quality option that can rejuvenate your lawn. Because it is easy to maintain and can repair itself when damaged, if you want a visually-striking and at the same time easy to maintain lawn, this sod is a safe choice.

What’s more, Quality Plus Sod is drought tolerant because of its deep root system — it stays green for a whole year. Also, it is resistant in high traffic areas and rugged enough to endure constant traffic from your children and dogs.

  1. Prepare the Sod and Install It

Once you’ve bought the sod, cut it to fit the area by using a sod cutter or a sharp knife. After cutting it, install it by placing the first piece along the longest straight line. Make sure the following pieces don’t overlap. Fill all gaps and spaces with soil.

  1. Roll the Sod

The new sod needs to have good contact with the soil beneath so you can roll the sod with a half-filled water lawn roller.

  1. Water the Patched Area

Water the new area until the soil is wet. Lift a piece to make the soil gets enough moisture. If it doesn’t rain, you can water the sod once a day in the first week and then reduce the watering as the weeks go by.

  1. Reduce Traffic for a While

With warm temperatures, sod will establish in about three weeks. It’s important to reduce the traffic area during this period to give the soil a chance to settle and the grass to grow roots.

  1. Mow the Area

Let the new sod settle for two weeks. You can then mow the patched area without any problems.

While it may take months before you see results with grass seed, Quality Plus Sod fixes a lawn patch in a matter of weeks. If you follow the guidelines above with care and purchase a drought-tolerant sod, you will enjoy quick and lasting results. And most importantly, you will not have to worry about the patched area. With high-quality sod, you can enjoy an appealing and healthy lawn.

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