I just recently has sod laid, not by myself or a profesional (long story, not by my choice), and I feel like the job was sloppy.
My question is, there are a lot of gaps between sode pieces, missing chuncks, and an area on the side that's half done. Will the missing area and gaps fill in? The yard looks kind of yellow too and it was only laid 4 days ago. What of the area on the side that's half done?
Sorry if this is brief, I'm on a mobile device, I can answer any questions if they come up.
Your photos show a skimpy job. More sod looks to be certainly needed, or else you will need to seed the areas where it is lacking. Any chance of this being done by the person whom laid it?
First immediate question, are you keeping it watered?
It needs to be kept moist to take root, just as if you planted grass seed. After initial watering, light watering several times a day, just enough to keep it moist at the root level. If you need to seed areas, it would be a good time to do so, since they both need water.
It is being watered for about 20 minutes twice a day. No, person who laid it will not be going back out, Im on my own to fix it.
I agree, it's a very poor job. the sod is supposed to be laid so the seams hardly show at all. I think it needs more water than 20 minutes twice a day. I think you'll need more sod for the bare places, & seed where there are small gaps. it'll be a job...good luck.
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What was done about soil preparation?
Is this sod making good soil contact?
What are your temperatures now? Maybe 20 minutes twice a day is not enough water.
A good illustration of why you should only hire people that really know what they are doing.
The sign of a good gardener is not a green thumb, it is brown knees.
Unfortunately this is a co-owned home, and the work was done by my ex-wife and her family (not my choice, I've seen their work and didnt want them anywhere near it. Because of that and the fact that I didnt even know they were out there doing it until it was done, I don't know much aboit how much of thw prep w as done right... I can tell that they broke up the soil some, clearly didnt do any levelling. Basically thats my main issue, if the sod itself looks this sloppy, I have trouble believing they did the rest right.
The soil that can be seen around the edges and through the holes appear very compact and solid which may mean the sod was just laid on top rather than having the soil turned over and raked out properly and fertilized. You certainly need to water more than you have been if you have any chance to keep the sod alive.
Twenty minutes....doesn't say anything about how it was administered.
New sod isn't supposed to be "watered"...its supposed to be wetted...sprinkled on so that the amount applied doesn't slip side the sod away.
This should be applied carefully with a nozzled hose and depdning on the weather, on the amount needed to accomplish the sprinkling. If that takes 20 minutes...so be it....if it takes half the time, or twice the time, that's what's called for.
A light sprinkling twice a day seems sufficient....again, dependent on the amount of water administered by a means to accomplish the task.
Grass will fill in over time---if major areas look short, then gather pieces of sod and finish the job.
The final look is dependent on the preparation that was done beforehand. You might ask whoever laid the sod to inform you what preparation was done.
Its not tacky to ask --you are paying for the final result.
Some grasses fill in better than others...you didn't specify what type of sod was laid.
Don't fertilize until after it has rooted--after all, that's where the goodness of food is taken up...by the roots.
If the sod is brown at this time...the question arises how long it sat on the pallet before you got to it. Sod really should be laid within two days of delivery....any longer, with warm temperatures bearing down on it, some lower pieces might well dry out.
Given sufficient, but not too much moisture...rain notwithstanding, sod will take fairly well within a week.
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