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Old 03-25-2015, 05:42 AM   #1
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Sod to fill in old patio.


In Maryland, going to pull old paver patio up and fill with soil and sod it. Local sod farm will sell me sod already. They said it's already starting to green and will be fine. They've been around forever so I assume they're trustworthy. Is the beginning of spring a good time to lay the sod? I know it's not as ideal as fall but I want to get rid of the patio asap.

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Probably. It is about the right time here in KY.

Grass grows well at 60F and above. Spring is wetter that summer. You are going to need to water it a lot either way. Get it pressed against the dirt and keep off of it.
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Will little under-20 lb dogs destroy it doing their business on it? It's less than half the yard but I'm sure they'll use it once it's there.
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I don't know. It depends on how much time they spend there and what they do.

The roots are tender until it settles in and has been mowed a couple of times.
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Dogs and grass are a bad combination. At a minimum, keep them off until the sod has firmly taken root.
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So I've taken my sweet time (tied up on other projects, ceilings when it was raining, paver walk way when I was afraid it was still a little too early to sod).

Thinking I'll do this this weekend. How much room should I give for sod depth wise? I have to calculate for top soil to fill in the patio. Googling depth or height of sod and I come up with a lack of information.

Since I'll be putting down a likely 4" or so, should I tamp or roll it before I lay the sod?

With 4" of soil plus the sod, should I clear all the gravel that is under the paver patio? Or is that enough depth to be able to simply cover it up with soil?
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My personal experience with the type of dirt we have here in about 20% shrinkage when fully settled. Five inches = 4 when settled. Then sod adds about 1" when laid.

A light rolling or very light tamping with an 8x8 hand tamper will accelerate the the setting. Note the word light, the weight of the tamper from about 24" above grade is all you need to do. Water and gravity will do the rest.
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Ayuh,... Figure enough soil to fill the hole, the depth of sod will be lost to settlement,....

4/ 5" is plenty, leave the old base,...

The dogs may be a different story,...
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better to keep females off the sod


Female dogs will kill spots in sod if it is young. I have 2 males and sons female killed 3 spots about 1' circles. And she is only a corgi. Make sure to keep the sod watered. Neighbor planted her whole yard in sod and didn't water it. 2 years and it is now a weed patch
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