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Old 06-18-2017, 04:37 PM   #1
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Prepping for Sod - Help!


I am trying to prep my yard for sod and live in an area that has a sandy and clay mixture of soil. We live at 7500 feet. I am using a Rototiller to break down the soil and mixing in a little bit of mulch to give it some nutrients, will this work? I'm now rethinking whether or not the mulch was a good idea. I had some leftover didn't want to spend extra money on top soil or compost. The mulch is getting broken down by the Rototiller into small pieces and mixing with the soil. I then plan to level it out and lay sod on top of this. Any feedback or help with this would be appreciated.
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Old 06-18-2017, 04:59 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.
In NJ we saw a lot of sod installed over sandy soil, no clay, and over watering was bad/ Best place to get advice would be the people you are buying from or the sod farm they are buying from. Typically they have an interest in your success.

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Old 06-18-2017, 05:02 PM   #3
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Yes, the mulch was not a good idea. But if mixed in well would not worry to much. Not a lot to do about it now.

Compost or manure would have been so much better.

Wood after composed adds organic matter.

The mulch will decompose BUT as it does it will puts off a gas that can kill the grass.

But will take a fair amount to make a difference
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Also take a PH test. Now is a good time to add lime if your PH is low.
Over watering can happen. But the problem the majority of the time is not enough.
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I hear a lot about over watering and the acidity of the soil due to pine needles. Should I scrape the top layer off and put soil? I'm inclined to leave it and joe for the best. ??
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Hope for the best *fingers crossed*

And thank you both.
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:41 PM   #7
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Best to do a ph test, soil could be alkaline, in that case use composted cow manure.
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Always test soil and add what is needed, not guessed at.
Local ag extension office many times does it for free or at a very low cost.
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Decaying wood can lead to mushrooms. Given that the pieces will be small enough that digging them out would not be feasible, be prepared to kick the tops off frequently.

One more vote for a soil test.
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