Are you green with lawn-envy? Does the sight of your neighbor's perfectly manicured and perfectly singular-colored grass drive you into a frenzy? Here is a little secret: his/her grass is probably not natural. It is probably sod. Sod is grown on a farm where it is expertly maintained is always one color, well-fertilized, and when it is harvested and installed elsewhere looks like no natural yard on the planet. While it is still grass and it will take root and grow like grass, you can bet that your neighbor did not buy that property with the grass looking that perfect. 

If you would like such a perfect yard, here is how you can get that enviable green lawn and not envy your neighbor's yard anymore. 

Find a Sod Installation Company (or Just Ask the Neighbor with the Perfect Lawn)

There is at least one sod company in your area, that is obvious. Find out who and where this sod company is and then make contact with them. Ask them to give you an estimate on what it will cost to give you the perfect yard with their sod. They will give you several quotes based on the type of grass you want and the color of grass you are looking for. For example, if you want Kentucky Bluegrass, which is more of a blue-green pine tree color, over lime-green fescue, the price is quite different. 

You can also ask that neighbor with the perfect yard. If he/she actually used a sod company (and it is a good bet that he/she did), he/she can tell you which sod company's services they used. Professional landscapers are another resource for finding sod companies in your area and landscapers can help with the yard prep before the sod company installs their product. 

Prep Your Yard for Sod

People are surprised to learn that you simply cannot drop and roll out sod over the top of old grass. The grass in the sod will not properly take root, so you have to transform your yard into one giant dirt plot all over again. It will not be pretty for a few days, but once that sod is installed, it will be quite lovely.

If there are any stumps, lumps, pits, holes, or bumps in your yard, it is a good idea to remove and level these areas before the sod is installed. Sod will not take root over tree and bush stumps, nor will it get down into the soil where there are holes deeper than two inches. It helps to remove the stumps, and then use a front loader to level your yard, scrape up the current grass, and fill in the holes. You can also just have a ton of soil delivered and move it all over your yard into a level dirt surface. 

For more information, contact a company like Midwest Turf.

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