Carefully level area to be sodded. Your finish grade should be 1 inch below curbs, walks and patios. Use a light roller to compact lawn area. A light rolling will show soil depressions. make sure soil is level and smooth before laying sod.
Spread fertilizer evenly on the area to be sodded at the rate recommended on the container. Rake in lightly. 10 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. of 16-20 or 10-30- 10 gives good results on installation. Do not use this heavy application again.
4. Lay Sod:
Lay first strip along a straight line. Do not follow curved walks or curbs. Lay sod crossways on slopes and stagger joints. Use sharp knife to make cuts (linoleum knife) to fit curves and edges. Do not overlap. Install sod as soon as possible after delivery.
Do not lay whole lawn before watering. Start as soon as a large enough area has been completed. Water lightly and continue to water and lay sod until installation has been completed. In hot weather sod will dry and burn in 1 to 2 hours if not watered.
After first watering roll lightly to form good contact between sod and soil and to eliminate irregularities.
Immediately after completion, water the whole lawn area to a depth of 8 inches by moving your sprinkler over the lawn area. The first few days after installation are critical, water daily for the first week.