How to Lay Sod
The quickest way to achieve a beautiful lawn is to lay sod, but if your money is to be well spent, take time to prepare your site a month or two beforehand. Here's how to do it.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Apply a Top Dressing
Don't use small pieces at the edge of the lawn because they will dry out quickly and shrink. Instead, lay them in the middle of the site. Scatter sandy loam, made from topsoil mixed with horticultural sand, into the joints and brush it into the turf to fill any gaps. Water well, and water the lawn in dry spells during the first growing season.
Top Tip: Shaping a Lawn
Use a hose or rope to create a guide for a curved lawn, and with a half-moon grass cutter or sharp spade cut around your template. For a straight edge, stretch some string between two pegs pushed into the soil at each end.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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