How to Install a ProVista™ Lawn
Installing Scotts® ProVista™ Sod
You’ve made the decision to upgrade your place in the neighborhood with a Scotts® ProVista™ lawn. Congratulations are in order.
While Scotts® ProVista™ sod has many special benefits, it doesn’t take any special work to install.
Installing sod requires a lot of physical effort, but the process is straightforward and doesn’t require a turfgrass degree. Whether you hire a professional team, or make it a weekend project with friends, below are tips to help you succeed.
The Preparation Begins
Set the Schedule
Once you have the date your sod will be delivered, start planning for it—and for what will happen afterward.
About a week before the sod arrives, remove all existing grass, growth, and debris from the area. Trim any trees or bushes that might obstruct sunlight from reaching the soon-to-be-laid sod. If there are persistent weeds, use a Scotts® weed control product to kill them. (Make sure to review the product label for guidelines on how long after the application to wait before laying new sod.)
Pro Tip: You can use a sod cutter to help with the removal of existing grass patches
You might also want to take this time to find a good landscaping professional. Even if you’re going to handle the maintenance of the lawn yourself, a professionally applied preventative bug, weed and disease treatment immediately after installation will keep pests at bay while your new grass takes root.
Test the Soil
It’s important that your soil is optimized for new growth. Once you have your land cleared, take some soil samples and have them tested. The results will help you determine the nutrient level and pH balance in the soil. If anything is off, you’ll need to use an appropriate soil improver to restore the balance.
Pro Tip: If necessary, check with an agricultural agency in your area (or talk to your lawn professional) for help in getting the soil test completed and adding the right soil amendments to restore balance.
Level it Out
There’s a very good chance that your now-bare lawn has divots from roots, holes from rocks, uneven traction, and other issues. You’ll want to level that out, not just for aesthetics or to make a fair field for croquet, but also to help with drainage. A 1% grade is a good target to work for across your property.
Your sod will want nice, manageable dirt to drop its roots into. As you level the lawn, don’t compact it. It’s important that water can easily flow through it. If any adjustments are needed, till or aerate the area.
Prepare to Water
If you’re using an in-ground sprinkler system, take the time to test the pressure, nozzle output, sprinkler patterns, and coverage while it is exposed. It’s easier, and more cost effective, to make any adjustments before laying sod.
With the sod arrives, the next phase of work can begin.
Pro Tip: Many communities have tool libraries where you may be able to borrow what you need to make your installation project a success.
Wet the dirt. This makes it easier for roots to take hold.
Build your lawn the way you would a brick wall, overlapping the seams between the squares. Get those squares together as tightly as possible, too.
Once an area of the sod has been placed, use a garden roller to ensure that the sod and the soil it’s sitting on are in contact.
Pro Tip: If there’s a particular corner that refuses to lay flat, a well-placed sod staple will do the trick.
Once the sod has been rolled, water it. This is a particularly critical step in hot, dry climates.
Establishing Your Lawn
With the sod laid, you can take a break—but the work isn’t over. The establishment period, when sod takes root and starts to grow, is critical to its long-term health. It’s during this period where new installations can take a not-so-good turn if not taken care of.
Ensure that the sod is getting adequate moisture by watering at least twice a day for the first two weeks. Depending on your specific conditions, you may need to water even more, or possibly less. Your goal is to keep the soil surface moist without overwatering.
Call in your lawn care professional so they can provide the new sod with that pest and weed prevention treatment.
At the one-month mark, you can begin to fertilize your Scotts® ProVista™ lawn. Use a Scotts® product that’s appropriate for the season and is labeled safe for your grass type.
When the sod is stable, you can begin mowing. How can you be sure it’s ready? Grab a corner and try to lift it up. If it stays in place, it’s ready. To be sure, take a walk across it. Does it feel firm? (It’s ready) Or does it shift under your feet? (It’s not)
The last step in the process might be the most important - get out into your lawn and enjoy it! After all, you are responsible for how amazing it is.