Generally all that's needed for do-it-yourself installation is the ability to understand "green side up" and a willingness to get dirty and a little sweaty. You'll be well satisfied with the results and savings.
A beautiful lawn starts by getting the ground leveled and prepared, so that your cut-to-order sod can be installed immediately upon delivery. So have your area smooth and clear of rocks, sticks and large clumps of dirt. Remember, the sod will conform to the surface, just like laying carpet. If there is a big bump or hole, you are going to see it and feel it. It's important not to leave your sod rolled up, lying in the hot sun for a long period of time. If you are laying a large quantity of sod, have several friends there and ready to help.
Start your first roll along a straight edge. Butt ends and edges against eachother without overlapping or leaving gaps. Be sure to stagger the ends just like laying bricks. Keep a sharp knife handy to trim around beds and other irregular shapes. Avoid walking on the sod while you are installing. Begin watering immediately. If you are installing sod over a large area, start watering the sod in sections as possible.
Fescue has become one of the most popular turf grasses and our blend looks great. It tends to be drought tolerant and is popular for homeowners as well as commercial and industrial uses since it adapts well to most soil types. It does well in both full sun and partial shade and is kid and pet friendly.
You'll need to get water on the sod right after installing it, and keep it watered well the first couple weeks. By "watered well" we mean to the point that the ground is spongy.
After about two weeks check your sod by trying to lift a piece. If it is gripping the soil it's rooted and ready to mow. You should mow at the highest setting the first time and keep the height on your mower a little taller than usual for the first few mowings. As a general rule, you should never mow more than a third of the height.
Usually you can fertilize your new sod the same day you first mow it with approximately 10 lb. 10-10-10 fertilizer per 1,000 sq. ft. and then water well.