Soil Preparation - Remove vegetation and rocks. Ground should be firm and 1" to 1 1/2" below walks or driveway.
Measuring the Area - Sod is ordered by square feet (SF). If the area you want to sod is a basic square or rectangle you simply measure the length by the width and multiply to come up with the total SF. However, in most cases the area doesn't have a simple rectangle layout. In those cases, one method of calculating your SF is to divide your area into smaller sections, and add the SF of each section.
Sod Installation - Spread area with starter fertilizer provided with your sod. Begin to install your sod immediately after delivery. Start laying your sod along a straight edge such as a walkway ro driveway. Butt joints tightly together, do not overlap. Stagger joints similar to rows of bricks. Use a sharp knife to cut and shape sod around curves, trees and borders, etc.
Water is Critical - Start watering within 30 minutes even if all the sod isn't installed yet, to prevent wilting and drying. Never, never let the sod dry out.
Completely Water Your New Sod to a Depth of 6 to 8 Inches - (A good suggestion is to place a cake pan on the lawn and water until the pan is 1/2" full of water). Keep your new lawn moist, but not soggy during the first 7 to 10 days after installation. In hot weather, water twice a day for the first 3-5 days.
Roll Your New Sod - Rolling while soft will smooth and level your sod, press out air spaces below the sod, and stick the joints together.
Maintenance - Your new turfgrass significantly enhances your property value. With proper care it will be a permanent enhancement and provide beauty for years to come. It is preferable to mow regularly, removing less grass height as opposed to mowing taller grass less frequently. Do not remove more than 1/3 of the grass height in a single mowing. Fertilize regularly 4 times a year.