Sod Installation

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Sod Installation in Utah

Looking for sod installation on a new build or to upgrade a rough patch of your yard? Sod installation is typically a crucial part of landscaping that, although a labor-intensive job, can be done quickly and expertly by professionals.

Sod, also known as “turf” in Australian or British English, is grass and a small portion of soil held together by the root system. It’s most commonly harvested in rolls.

Hot Shot Sprinkler Repair & Landscape is and experienced and professional landscaping company that provides sod installation in Utah. Regardless of your project size, we install high-quality sod to elevate the look and feel of your lawn.

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Is it Hard to Install Sod in Utah?

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Sod installation is a great way to start or repair a lawn, but it is not a simple job. Pallets of sod are extremely heavy. The job of installing it is intense and requires more knowledge than just being able to roll out the sod.

Although some homeowners will perform sod installation alone, it’s better to leave this heavy job to professionals who can do it quickly and expertly without damaging the sod.

Additionally, the sod requires special maintenance and aftercare immediately after installation. Although it eventually takes root and becomes permanent, sod or grass starts as a temporary installation on your property. Knowing the best way to care for this material is the most important part of the project. Nobody wants their grass dying right after such a massive installation project!

For the best results and to ensure you find high-quality sod, use a professional like Hot Shot Sprinkler Repair & Landscape for sod installation in Utah.

How Much is Sod Installation?

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Most sod is sold by the pallet or by the square foot. The cost of sod depends on where you live, the quality of the sod, and the current demand. In 2022 the cost of sod for homeowners was typically between $140-$450 per pallet.

For sod installation, the cost depends on how large of an area professionals will be laying sod on, the number of professionals needed and other factors that may be unique to your project.

When choosing professionals, it’s important to find one with plenty of experience and can ensure the sod you’re getting is high quality. Find a professional that can also guide you through the maintenance needed after the initial installation is complete.

Is it Cheaper to Lay Sod or Artificial Turf?

Hot Shot Sprinkler Repair & Landscape also provides turf installation in Utah.

Artificial turf has grown in popularity as an alternative to traditional sod, both for practical and environmental reasons. Grass requires watering and cutting, while artificial turf is low-maintenance and stays green all year round.

Opting for the artificial turf route, however, isn’t always the best option. This fake grass can get work and tarnished over the years and need replacement. In some climates it can also get extremely hot in the summer, making it uncomfortable and not reaping the temperature regulating benefits that grass and other landscaping offers.

Installing artificial grass can also be cost prohibitive for many homeowners. Turf installation can run between $5.50 and $18.75 a square foot, while sod typically costs $.87 to $1.76 a square foot.

For those who want the low maintenance benefits of artificial turf or are looking for a more environmentally friendly option, xeriscaping may be a more fitting option. Along with our other landscaping services and sod installation in Utah, Hot Shot Sprinkler Repair & Landscape offers xeriscaping options to suit your lifestyle.

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How Do You Prepare for Sod?

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Whether you’re undergoing an extensive landscaping renovation, fixing a bare spot in your yard or finishing up a new build, there’s more to sod installation than just rolling it out. For your new grass to thrive and take root, there are some preparatory steps you need to take to ensure a healthy new yard.

If you’re working with Hot Shot Sprinkler Repair & Landscape, we’ll educate and instruct you on just what you need to do before we come to install your sod. Thankfully, there won’t be much on your part — we take care of all the heavy lifting and preparation.

Some of the things we may do to help prepare your yard may include:

  • Clear the site. Removing the area of any debris, rocks, stones or even buried stumps goes a long way to ensuring the sod takes root.
  • Till the soil. Tilling the soil about 2 inches can help the area avoid excess weeds and improve the health of the soil by allowing air and water exchange to flow.
  • Grade the area. Grading the area that will be getting new sod can eliminate any potential drainage problems and uncover additional debris that needs to be removed.
  • Settle the surface. In some locations, soil may be especially loose and fluffy. In these cases it’s best to settle the surface with a lawn roller and fill in any low spots before laying sod down.

Proper lawn preparation allows for the best installation of sod, and for the grass to grow in healthy over time. With decades of experience in the landscaping business, Hot Shot Sprinkler Repair & Landscape takes pride in our care and dedication to doing the job right. We’ll take the time necessary to give you the yard of your dreams!

Sod Care and Maintenance

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Now that your new sod is down, the question may be how to care for your sod to keep it healthy and green. During the first several days it’s important to keep your lawn moist (not soaked). Avoid walking on the sod during the first two weeks, too. Keeping the lawn well watered and staying off the grass gives helps the sod take root.

New sod is especially prone to drying out, and in climates where the soil underneath is already quite dry, it can be tricky to know how much to water your new sod. Too much watering isn’t good, either, since it can rot the roots of your brand new lawn.

Typically, watering your lawn for 10-15 minutes, three times a daw should suffice. Watering in the early morning and evening when the ground is cooler will help with water absorption and keeping the ground cool throughout the warmer hours.

Sod Installation In Utah With Hot Shot Sprinkler Repair & Landscape

Wheelbarrow of green sod ready for installation from Hot Shot Sprinkler Repair & Landscape.

A healthy, lucious green lawn is a beautiful part of any home. Not only does it look nice aesthetically, but a healthy lawn is key in keeping your land healthy and your home cooler during summer months.

If you’ve been searching for sod installation in Utah, look no further than Hot Shot Sprinkler Repair & Landscape! We’re landscaping experts and have been helping homeowners in Utah achieve the yard of their dreams for decades.

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