Sodding is a convenient way to plant a lawn without going through the hassle of sowing seeds. Although laying the sod is a simple process, you need to take good care of it to protect it from potential damage.
Before installing turf, many people prepare their lawn by getting rid of debris and properly watering the soil. But they forget that it’s extremely important to choose the right type of soil mixture for the lawn. This mixture supports the growth of grass in your lawn and protects it from drought and pest infestation.
Despite carrying out a soil test on your lawn, you may still not be able to determine the type of soil that fits your lawn’s needs. You can visit a nearby nursery or garden center for expert advice. They will suggest the most suitable soil mixture for your lawn as per the local conditions.
Here are the most common types of soil mixes that you can choose from:
As the name suggests, topsoil is the top layer of soil that is rich in nutrients. It’s formed by decaying of organic matter. It consists of sandy loam that improves drainage of the soil. It’s the least expensive type of soil that is easily available at garden centers.
Before you install sod in your lawn, you can apply a layer of the topsoil to support its growth. It’ll provide water and nutrients to fresh sod.
2. Triple Mix Soil for Sodding
The triple mix is a mixture of sandy soil, compost, and black loam. It keeps grass healthy and nourishes your entire garden. Before you buy this soil, make sure it’s sterilized to eliminate weeds or else weeds may take over your lawn before you know it.
This type of soil is suitable for garden beds and sodding.
3. Pure Black Loam
Black loam provides an abundance of water and nutrients to the soil which is extremely important for their health. It provides better drainage that clay-rich soil, which is why it’s commonly used to prepare the soil for sodding.
It consists of 95% pure black loam and 5% peat moss. It’s light in weight and has a powder-like structure.
4. Black Garden Mix Soil
The black garden mix is composed of 55% pure black loam, 30% composted manure, and 15% peat moss. It’s dark brown in color and has medium weight. You can use this soil for sodding and for growing vegetable gardens, trees, and shrubs.
5. Enriched Soil Blends
Enriched soil blends are prepared from a varying amount of compost, topsoil, and peat moss black loam. You can contact a nearby nursery to purchase the suitable soil blend for your lawn.
Before installing sod, you can apply a layer of organic mulch. It’ll retain moisture, maintain the soil temperature at an optimal level, and protect it from weeds.
Instead of preparing the lawn for sodding on your own, you should consider hiring a professional service. My Landscapers has been installing sod grass and replacing lawns for over 14 years throughout Toronto, Markham, Vaughan & Richmond Hill and can suggest the most suitable type of soil for your lawn and install sod in an effective way. Request your FREE, no-obligation, detailed estimate today and one of our landscaping experts will contact you. Prefer to speak over the phone? Give us a call or use our NEW live chat feature to connect directly with one of our experts.