Lawn Installation

Make a Fantastic

Has your lawn become a weed infested patch of brown? Is it one of the first things people notice about your home? Fortunately, it’s easy to restore lasting beauty to your landscape with Genuine Marathon Sod. Just follow these simple steps:

The Ultimate Lawn Installation
Guide Series
Before sod arrives
Kill old lawn

For best results, first water and fertilize your lawn so that it is in a vigorous growth mode. Then spray entire lawn with Roundup®, carefully following directions on the packaging. Roundup is a highly effective herbicide that enters the plant through its foliage and is translocated all the way down to its root system. Two cycles of watering and spraying three weeks apart will usually completely kill your old lawn and weed.

Remove dead lawn

Using a sod cutter, strip away dead turf. Roll or section dead turf and discard. (Sod cutters can usually be found at a local rental yard or nursery.)


Open up that living, breathing soil before leveling your yard to prepare for your new sod! Rototilling is THE WAY

Repair or Install Sprinklers

The most important step toward achieving a long-lasting, beautiful, healthy lawn is to begin with a properly designed and carefully installed irrigation system.

Important Tip

Rake and Fine grade

Rake to break up large clods and remove any remaining debris. Fine grade by scraping across the surface to smooth uneven areas

How low can you go

After installing irrigation, finish grade to 1/2″ below walkways. Please note sod is uniformly machine cut and will conform to any irregularities.

When sod arrives
Lawn installation Pro tips

Begin laying sod adjacent to the longest boundary of the area to be covered. Stagger each new row of sod so that seams are offset, as in a brick wall. Butt ends and edges tightly together. Cut sod with heavy knife to conform to curved boundaries, planters, etc.
After the first 200 square feet are installed, water sod lightly to prevent wilting.

Roll Sod

When all the sod is installed, use a roller over the entire lawn to ensure a good contact between the sod and native soil.

Water, Water, Water

After all the sod is down and rolled, turn on your sprinklers and let them run until the sod is soaked. To keep it that way go to New Lawn Watering Schedule.


Mow newly planted sod between the 14th and 21st day after installation.   For more tips see Lawn Care/Mowing

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