What You Need to Know About Your Soil Before Installing Lawn Sod

Hank Kerfoot - Monday, February 24, 2014

Lawn sod needs healthy soil to take root and flourish.

What You Need to Know About Your Soil Before Installing Lawn Sod

Preparing your soil for new lawn sod is the best way to maintain a healthy bed of grass long-term. Spring is the ideal time of year to get your soil sampled and analyzed. The more time you earmark before actual planting is scheduled to begin, the better you’ll be able to correct the balance of the soil.

So if you’re planning on installing sod in the near future, here’s what you need to know:

1. Get a good sample.
Knowing the technique for getting a good sample is going to help produce more accurate results. Get a clean sample free of any debris, and try to get a scattered composite that represents the entire area. Don’t sample wet or recently fertilized soil.

2. Know your pH levels.
Evaluating acidity levels is the most common test performed on soil samples. Acidity affects the nutrient quantities that plants have access to. Except for a few outlying plants, most like to hit a pH level between 6 – 7.

3. Understand fertility challenges.
Taking your soil to an expert will help pinpoint potentially harmful bacteria or other organisms that could threaten the fertility of your soil. This will save you time and money that might otherwise be lost investing good seeds into bad soil. Fertilize the soil to infuse your sod with optimal nutrients before installation.

For more information on balancing your soil for new lawn sod, call (803) 691-9890.