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At Robin Run Turf we generally do not install sod. We feel this is in direct competition with our larger wholesale clients.  If you need to have your sod installed we will gladly refer you to one of our clients.  We stand behind their work as we would our own.

Begin laying the sod across the longest straight line (i.e. a driveway).  Use a brickwork style pattern of alternating the lengths of the first pieces.  To do this, cut a piece in half lengthwise and use the half length to begin the second row.  Use the other half to begin the fourth row, and so on down the edge.  A sharp hatchet or spade shovel is a good tool to cut the pieces of sod to length, or other edges around beds, trees, etc.  Be careful not to stretch the piece of sod by pulling it into place from an end.  Before moving onto the next piece, push from the end toward the previous piece.  A piece of sod can stretch up to an inch.  With proper water and time, the piece will retract back to its original length leaving a gap in the pieces.

During the course of longer duration installations, try to keep remaining pallets of sod moist, or in the shade.  Sprinkle down remaining pallets so they do not dry out.  The pallets will also begin to heat up over time, especially in the summer.  Consider breaking the pallets down into smaller stacks, even in cooler months if they are going to be left for a second day.

Avoid using small strips or pieces on outer edges as they will not retain enough moisture to survive.  Try to put the small piece off the edge, and use a larger one up to the border or edge.  Lay pieces across the slope if you are installing sod on a hilly area.  Consider using sod staples on very sloped areas.  The most common of these are 6 inch by 2 inch wide metal stakes used to secure the sod in place in these areas.  We may be able to bring these to your job site along with your sod.

Try to keep the traffic on your new sod to a minimum for the first two weeks while the sod is taking root or knitting into the ground.  You will need to delay your first mowing for at least a week or two.  After two weeks, check around the area in a few spots to see that the grass is rooted well.  Pull up lightly in a few areas with a claw-type grasp that you probably used when installing the sod.  If the grass is well knitted, you will be able to mow the grass for the first time.  It may get a little taller than you would like to see at this point, but that is unavoidable.  If the sod is mowed too early, the force of the mower will suck up the edges and turn it to mulch.  To be safe, lower the engine speed of your mower for your first mowing.  After this, your sod should be mowed every week at a length of 1.5 to 2.5 inches.  Make sure your mower blades are sharp.  Generally, you should be removing only one-third of the grass blade each time you mow to minimize stress to the turf.

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