One of the most important aspects of caring for a well-maintained lawn is to know when the best time of year is to lay sod down. As a home gardener, you will want to keep your lawn in its absolute best condition. A well-maintained lawn will ensure the healthy growth of your grass and other plants so that they thrive.
Prior to the laying of the sod, you should have already taken several important steps. These include the tilling of your lawn space and raking out of the area. Your soil should be moist and installed in the lawn area by approximately one inch below the outer cement. You will have to water the area thoroughly a day or two prior to laying down sod, but avoid overwatering and creating mud. The soil has to be compact. Afterward, use a rake on top of your soil to level it.
Sod is, generally, best laid on your lawn during the fall if you live in a region that experiences four different types of climates during the seasons in the year. If you live in an area that is always hot, such as Texas, basically anytime is ideal for sodding. A good rule of thumb is that you should lay sod down as soon as you can following a harvest in your garden. Be sure to keep it rolled and moist, or else it will die. Absolutely do not keep it stored in heat, and especially not in stacks for over 24 hours.
When putting the sod down, you should use a roller. This is conducive for good compaction between the sod and the soil, and the roots can embed deeply into the dirt. Be careful when doing this by hand, and do not stand directly on top of the sod after freshly planting it, as this can damage it.