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Can I Till Existing Grass Before Laying Sod?

Yes, you can indeed till right into the grass and not dig it up. Just understand that there is a good chance that the grass can get tied up like hair in a motor (If that made any sence). Done this ...
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Should I water new sod in the winter?

Timing's important, it's not clear how long ago the sod was put down, but as your weather is now turning wintry, it would not be a great idea to water it. In any case, if the landscaping company ...
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Sod not getting enough water?

The best thing you could do is simply get a little longer hose or invest in a sprinkler that has a higher pressure to water bigger areas at a time. You could also go and water the little bit manually, ...
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Should I compact topsoil before laying turf?

Well the answer depends on exactly what preparation you've already done to the turf bed. If you dug the area over and removed all weeds, especially perennial ones, that should then be raked level and ...
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Starting garden over sod

Do not cut it out and send it off to the city for composting! You may get city compost back, but most of it won't be as good as what you are digging up. You may have heard of "loam" - loam is nothing ...
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Will buried rhododendrons stumps grow through a foot of soil?

It is likely that mature (large) rhododendrons will grow again from the buried roots, though this may take two or three years. Rhododendrons contain toxins which inhibit decomposition by micro-...
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Will one piece of sod immediately die?

Whether its one piece of sod or grass seed, it will grow the same and requires the same conditions. Which are sunshine reasonable soil reasonable temperature reasonable moisture Plant it in spring, ...
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Starting garden over sod

There is another alternative - lift the sod in squares or oblongs, stack it somewhere, grass side down, preferably out of sight, and leave it to rot down. Over time it'll turn into really useful loam ...
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Can I lay new turf on an existing lawn?

Having turf laid is expensive, and it's worth having it done right. I would say laying turf over an existing live lawn, with less than 6" of topsoil on top, is a bad idea. It will be trying to root ...
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Can I Spread 24-25-4 Fertilizer Before Laying Sod?

I don't know what type of grass your sods will contain, but in the UK, I'd only apply what's known as a general purpose fertilizer with an NPK of 7-7-7. Different varieties of grasses may have ...
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New sod and upcoming freeze

The basic problem is that apart from your immediate cold snap, the average climate will be too cold for the grass to really establish itself until about March next year. As a rule of thumb, grass ...
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Contractor regraded and sodded to direct water away - grass now within 1/2 inch or at top of foundation

There might be two or perhaps three different principles at work here. First and most important is that surface water needs a clear escape path away from the house otherwise it ends up in the basement....
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Starting garden over sod

It's quite important to know what kind of grass is in the sod you will be covering or composting. If you don't know exactly what the current mix is, dig up a few square inches of the sod to a depth of ...
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Starting garden over sod

You're on the right track already. You only need to erect 6 inch high planks to mark out your raised bed, and then cover the sod with compost to that depth. Get a plank and place it over the compost ...
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Is it OK to re-use existing turf/sod when levelling lawn?

In theory, yes, it's possible to lift and relay existing turf, but there are a few caveats. You will need to cut and lift sections of turf evenly, so that the roots underneath are relatively even in ...
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Sod too high, mowing issues

I am going to suggest that the rolls of sod have gaps between them due to the the rolls being laid wet and then drying and shrinking. If you orient the mower to move from the front to the back the ...
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Sod ontop of sand with plastic weed barrier

Ripping it out may add an additional element of "fun" and take a lot of time. While not having it there would be "more ideal" simply poking it full of holes with a garden fork ...
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Sod ontop of sand with plastic weed barrier

If possible, I would rip out the weed barrier so that the topsoil (such as it is) will have some contact with the subsoil. At the same time, I would remove at least have of the sand because it'll do ...
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Will one piece of sod immediately die?

It does not matter if it's one piece of sod or an entire yard of sod or seed - if conditions are suitable, it will grow, if not, it will die. So on that basis your dad's "test" is quite ...
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How deep do the roots of weeds grow in a lawn?

Plants with only three inches of root depth are not going to survive hot and dry weather in the wild (i.e. not growing in lawns watered by sprinkler systems), and the common feature of "weeds" is that ...
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Re-sodding to solve weed problem without use of herbicides

The second landscaper is right. If you get someone else to do the job, they will either need to kill the weeds with herbicide, or they need to dig out each weed separately, extracting all root ...
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How compact can your topsoil be before laying sod?

The problem with compaction by vehicle is that it can easily destroy the ability of the soil to drain well. It also makes it more difficult for any plant's roots to move through the soil as they ...
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Is it OK to re-use existing turf/sod when levelling lawn?

Update on this, it worked fine. Some grass dried out (we had a great summer here in the UK), but that grass re-grew fine.
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New sod and upcoming freeze

While the grass may not establish itself well until next spring, the sod is susceptible to drying out since the root depth is very shallow. Best insurance is to keep the sod moist, and ensure that it ...
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Should I water new sod in the winter?

Have you tried pulling it up by grabbing the grass to test if it had enough time to put roots into your soil? If it is firmly rooted, you have a good chance that your sod will survive. If you get a ...
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Fairly new sod dry spots?

The best advice I can give you is to re-seed those patches. They may not be healthy for who know why. But with the grass coming in it might be fine giving some time. Otherwise I do not have much to ...
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Sod not getting enough water?

You will likely need to cut out those severely browned areas and fit new sod in. Try to get the sod from the same grower, if possible, to match. Make sure the soil in the problem areas is highly ...
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celebration bermuda grass from very brown sod

Well, on the positive side, bermudagrass is a perennial and celebration is frequently used in dry and hard wearing areas like golf courses. The sod is transported from farm to customer on palettes on ...
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Soil prep work for sod installation

It depends what state it is in before you start. If you disturb the soil to the same depth over the whole lawn, it will settle evenly, and you won't notice. But if you are re-landscaping it and you ...
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Side yard flooded, low spots near patio, nasty bare clay spots.. best route to take?

From what I have been reading of your question, you do have a bit of a drainage problem on your site. An immediate fix would be a 'dry well' off to the side of your lawn. Dig a big hole; 2 to 3 feet ...
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