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Turf Installation Guide
Cultivated turf allows you to enjoy a lawn of instant beauty and maturity without the usual time-consuming hassles of seeding. When purchasing turfgrass sod, contact Centreville Sod to be assured that you are getting the finest quality turf available. The following are the basic steps to a beautiful lawn. Check with Tim Demeria for any further recommendations for your specific situation.

STEP 1 - Measuring and Ordering

With a tape, measure the area of your planned lawn. We will be happy to assist you in determining the amount of turfgrass sod you will need.

Schedule your order of turf after preparatory work is completed and you are ready to install. Prompt installation on the day of harvest is crucial to a strong beginning for your lawn.

STEP 2 - Soil Preparation

For best result, rototill or spade the area to a depth of 4 or 5 inches. Eliminate drainage problems by having soil slope away from foundations, etc.

Soil test your lawn area with the assistance of Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension (703-792-6289). Then rake in fertilizer, lime, peat, compost, etc. as need to a depth of 3 or 4 inces. Rake and smooth the soil removing rocks, roots, and large clods. Roll the area lightly with a lawn roller 1/3 full of water. This will firm the soil surface and reveal low areas that need more soil. Keep the grade around 1 inch below sidewalks or driveway.

Lightly water the prepared area to settle soil and provide a moist base for turf especially if soil is hot or dry.

STEP 3 - Turf Installation

Install your lawn immediately upon delivery. Begin watering lawn within 30 minutes of installation. Turf is a living plant that requires ground contact and moisture to survive! 

 In hot weather, protect unlaid turf by placing stacks in shade.

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 severe slopes, sod staples may be necessary. 

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, roll the entire area to improve turf/soil contact and remove air pockets.

STEP 4 - Watering 

 Give your new lawn at least an inch of water within 15 minutes of installation. Water daily, or more often, keeping turf moist until it is firmly rooted (about 2 weeks). Then less frequent and deeper watering should begin.

Weather conditions will dictate the amount and frequency of watering. Be certain that your new lawn has enough moisture to survive hot, dry, or windy periods. Again, timely watering is essential to a successful sod installation. 


During the first three weeks, avoid heavy or concentrated use of your new lawn. This gives the roots an opportunity to firmly knit with the soil, and insures that the turf will remain smooth.

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.

Mow often, removing no more than 1/3 of the grass height at a mowing. Keep your mower blade sharp.

Fertilizer and chemical applications will depend on climate, sod type, soil, insects, weed and disease conditions.  For further maintenance needs, contact Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension at (703) 792-6289
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