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Can You Put Sod on Uneven Ground? (How To)

Many homeowners consider putting down sod to enhance the look of their lawns. In many cases, they may be dealing with uneven ground and not sure how to remedy this situation. It can be done, but it may take a bit of work. 

The answer is YES. You can install sod over uneven areas on your lawn, but you need to invest in, borrow or rent tools that help make the entire process easy and provide exemplary results.

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Just like many home projects, looking at the project as a whole can be daunting. But if you take your time, don’t take shortcuts and properly prepare your area ahead of time, you are setting yourself up for success. You should also make sure that you have the right tools to complete the project, which will help you complete the project faster and easier. In most cases, the result will meet your expectations. 

While installing sod on your lawn isn’t difficult, it is time-consuming. Some of the most arduous efforts you may encounter is making sure that the ground is perfectly flat before you begin installing the sod. Making sure that any high mounds are reduced and all low areas and holes are properly filled in.

Should You Put Sod on Uneven Ground?

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Just because you can put down sod on uneven ground, doesn’t mean you should! Those that take the extra time to properly prepare the soil will have a better result with a beautiful, lush lawn.

Installing sod on uneven areas of the lawn can have a detrimental effect on the finished lawn. Uneven lawns can be a challenge to mow and may not hold soil, sand, and fertilizer in place. Unless you take the time to do the project right, it may not provide the pristine look that all homeowners strive to achieve.

You do not want to spend excess time and energy on laying sod on uneven surfaces, and this is why:

When laying sod on uneven ground, the finished lawn may have a blotchy, patchwork effect. In many cases, the seams may separate and become visible. This is not a very good look and looks very unprofessional. It may draw attention, but it is not the type of attention that you want from your new lawn.

Those that want an expert look will fill in low spots with extra soil and level off the high areas so that the entire lawn is a consistent level and smooth. This creates a great base to lay down your sod.

Taking the right actions before you install your lawn, like flattening the ground and preparing the soil, will be beneficial in helping your sod take root, grow beautifully and provide enjoyment for the entire family.

What Tools Do You Need to Put Sod on Uneven Ground?

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One of the good things about laying sod yourself is that while it may be a somewhat strenuous process, it is an easy process if you have the right tools.

Below is a list of some of the tools that you may need to install the perfect lawn.

The tools needed when you put sod on uneven ground include caution tape and stakes to surround and protect the area of work, fertilizer for growing the lawn, a pickaxe and a rake for breaking up clumps of soil, and a sod cutter for cutting and leveling. Other tools include shovels and wheelbarrows.

Whenever you are doing home projects, including installing sod, having the right tools will make the process go smoother, easier, and quicker.

What Preparations do you Need to Install Sod on Uneven Ground?

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Before even considering putting in a new lawn, homeowners need to take special care of the area to make sure the result meets their expectations. Preparing the soil properly is key to sustaining a beautiful lawn.

Here are some tips to help your sod grow:

To prepare sod for installation on uneven ground, use a rototiller to loosen the dirt and a sod cutter to even the ground. Add two inches of compost over the dirt. Then add two inches of sand to help with drainage. Often, fertilizer and lime are added to provide extra nutrients to the soil.

Taking the time to prepare the ground by aerating the soil, and adding the right amounts of soil, compost and fertilizer is key to having a lush, beautiful lawn for years to come.

How to Install Sod on Uneven Ground?

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When laying sod on uneven ground, you will need to do a bit of work to get the soil ready for the sod. The first step is working on the ground to get it as even as possible, which can be an arduous task but is worth the effort.

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To install sod on uneven ground, you should till the soil, fertilize the lawn, and start rolling out the rolls of sod. You will need a knife to cut around sprinkler heads, lights, etc. You will need to water vigorously every day and cut the grass for the first time when it is three inches high.

Here are some additional tips to help you grow the most magnificent lawn ever:

You should till the lawn and loosen the top six to eight inches of soil. You will then add compost, sand, and fertilizer to the soil. Next, you should break down high areas of soil, and fill in low areas with extra loose soil and dampen the entire lawn.

The first row of sod should be installed along a straight edge like a fence line or walkway. The second should be cut in half and installed the same way you would install floor tile or bricks. Each piece should be tapped down to release air pockets.

When laying the sod, use a knife to cut holes for sprinkler heads or permanent lighting. The new sod needs to be watered daily for the first week. It is best to water in the morning as watering at night may cause the sensitive roots to rot. Following the first week of the watering schedule, you can reduce the watering to every other day. After that, the lawn should get one inch of water per week. (More in the hot summer months.)

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While installing a lawn on uneven ground may seem like a difficult task and many prefer to hire professionals to do the job. But if you follow the steps above and have the right tools for the job, the result will be a lush lawn that can be enjoyed by the entire family, including all the furry friends that live in the home.

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