How to Amend Soil for Planting New Turf

When planting new turf from a nearby sod farm, it is important to ensure that the soil is properly amended. The best way to do this is to take a soil sample to your local garden center or county Cooperative Extension office. This will allow you to determine the pH of the soil and make any necessary adjustments. Grass generally grows best in slightly acidic soil, with a pH of 6.Alkaline soils with a pH of 7.5 or more can be improved by adding sulfur or gypsum, while acidic soils with a pH of 6 or less can be improved by adding lime. Once the soil has been amended, it is time to lay the turf.

Start by placing the grass next to the curve and taking a couple of dots along an edge. Then, put them together so that the grass follows the contours of the bed. Remember to compensate for the thickness of the grass and the recommended cutting heights for your variety of grass.

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