Adding new turf blend soil to a new lawn will be critical to the new lawns growth for many years. Preparation is the most important stage when installing new sod. We suggest a minimum depth of 3 inches of new soil over top of an old lawn base, meaning over top of a soil that would be reasonable for growing in. If you are starting new 6-12 inches would be ideal.
How do I calculate how much turf blend soil I need?
To calculate the amount of soil you need in cubic yards (Cubic yards is the standard measurement for soil and landscape products) you need to determine 2 items:
Once you have determined the square footage and depth simply divide by:
3 Inch depth
Divide square footage by 108
6 inch depth
12 inch depth
2 inch depth
1 inch depth
18 inch depth
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New soil for new sod allows the roots to penetrate deep into the sub layer below. Having a strong root system in your turf will allow the plant access to water, nutrients and oxygen all things your new lawn needs to keep healthy.
It is wise to always purchase new soil anytime you are laying a new lawn from sod.
You can purchase top soil for new lawn from BC Instant Lawns here:
Remove the old lawn / weeds / debris. In order to install new sod you should always have a properly prepared sub base to enjoy many years of a beautiful lawn. Pulling out all the old lawn area, weeds, rocks and debris gives the new sod unimpeded ability to root deep into the soil. Deeper roots in a lawn area will require less watering in the long run. Deeper roots means more nutrient availability to the plant. Deeper roots mean less pest infestations. Lets focus on a nice clean slate to install our new lawn upon and reap the rewards by way of a healthy lawn area for many years to come. To remove the old lawn handy tools include: sod cutter with a wide blade for large areas, pic axes, small front end loaders to remove the cut out old sod.
Grade the lawn area. This is a very important task and will save you from costly drainage repairs in the future. We want a slight slope away from structures or if a slope aways is impossible at least toward a functioning drainage system. We want a generally flat surface without humps and bumps. Large area will be impossible to do by hand, use a bobcat type machine or if one is not available, a horse with grader.
Add new top soil. Finding a proper soil for new lawns is hard to do. You want a well draining, properly balance ph, non compaction, high nutrient value type soil. Most soils today are not acceptable in my mind for a new lawn area. Wood chips and partially composted materials are a no no. Sand content should be high, around 60-70%. I like a little peat and other organics mixed in. Order turf blend soil from us, end of your problem, unless of course you are reading this from outside the Vancouver, British Columbia area. New turf blend soil should be at least 3 inches thick, exceptions are made for locations where the soil quality is good such as an old garden area or recently installed lawn that was neglected, died and needs replacing. Please follow the new lawn maintenance instructions here.
Final grade the lawn area. Rake and roll, rake and roll, rake and roll. Basically that’s it, just do it a few time unless the soil is fairly compact and your grade is acceptable. Use a half full roller and a wide landscape rake. Don’t roll down steep hills where the roller can get away from you.
Lightly roll and rake again. Sort of a redundant statement, I just didn’t know how to get to 10 steps in this article.
Add a root starter fertilizer. Use a 10-30-10 or a high middle number (above 20), granular form, 2 pounds per 1000 square feet.
Pull out your sprinkler. WATER YOUR NEW SOD AS YOU INSTALL IT. Please don’t wait until the very end on a warm day, some people are forgetful after a few beers.
Install the sod. Green side up please… Don’t overlap, don’t leave gaps, unroll the ends, roll down hill (not up). Use a small piece of plywood to step on as to not disturb your grading.
Cut the sod into place and patch in bare spots. Don’t waste those ends and scraps, use them to fill in areas. Use a sharp knife like a box cutter.
Roll the laid out sod lightly. Roll your new lawn to firmly press the roots to the surface.
Choose a type of sod for your new lawn project
We supply sod throughout Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Whistler and the Okanagan, be sure to select the sod variety that matches your needs:
What is the best season to sod a new lawn in Vancouver? The best time of year to lay new sod is the early spring. This doesn’t mean you cannot lay sod at any other point throughout the year, it just means this is the most ideal time. The only time it’s not recommended to lay a new lawn from sod is when the ground is frozen in winter.
The reasoning behind laying a new lawn in spring is that the new sod will require very little maintenance in the way of watering. Spring time in Vancouver is typically cool and moist and will exclude you from bringing out the sprinkler. Some special conditions may required you to water your newly laid sod:
Dry periods without rainfall
Freezing tends to dry out the soil
Unexpected hot weather (20 degrees plus)
Will freezing temperatures damage the new lawn? No, just be sure to keep traffic off the frozen grass blades.
How long until the new sod roots in? The new sod should take within a couple weeks at temperatures in the day time above 10 degrees C. If you lay your new lawn early in the year (Jan./Feb.) the grass will just lay dormant until the temperature rises, it’s not unusual to see bulbs pop up in January in Vancouver when we see a warm period and sod will start to root in as well. Just keep traffic off the new lawn area.
When is a good time to plant sod in Penticton, Kelowna, Kamloops, Princeton and Whistler areas?
You should consider not planting after late September to early October and begin the plant in the spring after the snow has melted. Look for temperatures around 10 degrees C as a daytime high to begin planting sod.
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When can I plant new sod in British Columbia?
Vancouver Lower Mainland Area
Vancouver Island (Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay)
Whistler / Squamish
Okanagan (Penticton, Kelowna, Princeton, Osoyoos)
Okay / Good
Okay / Maybe No
Okay / Maybe No
Good = Great time to plant sod Okay = You can do it but needs special care (Watering needed to establish sod) No= Not a chance you can plant sod at this time Maybe No = If the ground is frozen you can’t plant sod.