Sod & Excessive Rain: Why This Is a Bad Combination

One of the keys to a successfully sodded lawn is water. This makes heavy rain seem like a great time to install sod! This could actually end up having damaging effects to your lawn. It is best to wait for a dryer day, and heres why:

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Ground Preparation

Before laying sod you have to properly prepare the area. Removing the existing turf, raking away debris, and levelling the ground are all required steps. Laying down a thin layer of topsoil is also a must to ensure that the roots have the proper nutrients as well as a good environment to take root. We suggest using BigYellowBag Nature’s Blend for best results to ensure the best environment for your freshly laid sod. Preparation needs to be done in advance as the sod needs to be laid within 6-12 hours after delivery. It takes hard work and some time to complete this step. Don’t let your hard work go to waste!

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Divots & Air Pockets due to Rain

Heavy rain will turn that beautifully prepared area into a mud pit. The prepared ground will get ruined once walked upon. Because of the mud, you will create divots in the surface when attempting to walk upon the surface to install your sod. This creates an uneven area, which could lead to difficulty mowing and the formation of air pockets. Working in dryer conditions will ensure that you are able to control how level the area is. While walking upon dry ground will not create these divots or footprints.

In rainy conditions, sod can slide around during installation, This leads to gaps between rolls, which you will then have to seed. You could also end up with overlapping rolls. Using a roller during sod installation is a key step in removing air pockets and evening out the area. This is something that is incredibly hard in rainy conditions, as you will end up pushing the sod further out of place and moving mud around. This will create more unevenness and will leave those air pockets intact.

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Inability to Take Root

Sod having difficulty taking root is the most important issue with excessive rain. There have been some cases where the sod has actually floated above the water caused by rainfall! There is definitely no rooting taking place there! It would be a great shame to invest time and money into sodding only to have it not take root. This would leaving you to repeat the entire process over again.

On dryer days, you can control the amount of water the sod receives, which leads to more positive results. It is definitely better to pay attention to the weather and plan your sod delivery accordingly.

2 Responses

  1. Valentino Mollame says:

    I have patches of areas in my backyard that crab grass has take over. Im try to pull out but
    the in mid August they always grow back. What is the best way to treat this issue.

    • Cameron Shimoda says:

      Hey Valentino,

      Pulling your crabgrass is the best way to get rid of it, but ensuring that you’re filling in any gaps or voids in your lawn with new grass seed, soil and fertilizer will ensure that the crabgrass can’t take hold again. The best way to combat weeds in your lawn is to keep it healthy and strong by fertilizing and keeping up with a proper mowing schedule. I hope these tips help!

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