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Maintaining a good lawn can be one of your aims for your property. In order to do so, you might need turf restoration and sodding process that will surely help you to achieve a well-maintained and grown turf grass.

Turf Restoration

Turf grass renovation hinge on good cultural practices as well as planting techniques. Here is a guide for an efficient and successful turf restoration:

Site Preparation – one of the most important things that need much attention in order to ensure success of a particular renovation project is the site preparation. This aims to insure that once planted, the seed eventually comes into contact with the soil. It should start with treating the existing turf grass through non-residual and non-selective herbicide. Turf grass must grow actively for the herbicide to be effective. It will take 7 seven days before continuing the renovation after spraying.

Planting the Seeds – the application of the seed must be accomplished with the use of drop spreader. You need to apply the half seed walking through north and into the south, then the remaining seed walking through east and west.

The best time to renovate – the renovation can be done once the soil temperature reach 50 degrees or even higher. Typically, it occurs approximately 15 th of April in Maryland. The Fall is also a great time for a lawn renovation or Turf Restoration. The warm day time temperature and cool evening is an ideal time for growing a perfect lawn.

The seeding rate varies for it depends on the type of turf grass, which is planted in Maryland. After planting seeds, turf grass need to be kept moist in order to insure germination. Applying light frequent water can be a best way to accomplish such.


Sod is a section of grass-covered surface soil that is held together through matted roots such as turf. Sodding can give and provide you an “instant lawn” and ensure weed-free. It can be walked on soon after planting the seeds. You can also insure that mud, dust and erosion are reduced quickly. Sodding allows you to plant seeds anytime during the growing season for as long as there is an adequate water to sustain or keep the soil moist.

For a successful sodding, choosing a fresh and healthy sod along with thin soil layer can be the best thing to do. You also need to choose sod that grows on soils similar to that of the panting site. As much as possible, lightly roll the sod after installation and water it thoroughly.

How to do Post-Planting Care of Sod

  • You need to fertilize with regular suggested fertilization schedule.
  • Make sure that sod should root in roughly 14 days.
  • Remember that core verification can encourage deeper rooting, after proper rooting.
  • Trim with the use of the “1/3 rule”. Make sure not to get rid of more than 1/3 of the leaf blade simultaneously. Just gradually mow it down to a 2-2.5 inch height.

Both sodding and turf restoration are great for you to achieve a well-grown and maintained lawn. Just make sure that you are following or doing the right process for you to meet your lawn expectations.