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Old 02-25-2014, 02:35 PM   #1
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Has anyone layed down new sod at there home, we finally have a home but needs lot of work including a yard. Is this something one can do there selfs or would it be best to hire a pro, and what's the best grass for Texas?
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I don't see why you wouldn't be able to do it yourself, I am sure there are how tos on YouTube. As far as type of grass, it depends heavily on climate then on how shaded it is- as some grasses are shade tolerant and some aren't. Being in Fort Worth climate shouldn't be too bad, but what kind of trees do you have? How much of a shadow is cast from the house? Any other objects that would cast shadows on the yard? How much of the day would it be shaded?

I would do a search for turf grasses, and see what fits your situation. Then you can narrow it down by how thirsty it is and the feel and what not. If it hadn't been 6 years since I took the class I could be more specific too, as there are some that have 'runners' that will continue to grow out wards and expand it's area.

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Yeah I have a lot of trees in the front so always shade, in the back there's only bamboo so not really any shade.
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Congrats on getting a home, Dustin.. :thumbsup: Guardrail and I put down a lot of sod last year, Pretty easy. We would go get a load and then place it, water it in and instant grass.

Ain't tried Reddogs idea yet.. might get some seeds and put them in his yard to try..

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I've laid more sod than I care to mention. Get a long knife to make the cuts needed. Lots of guys use steak knives believe it or not. Use a rake and get the dirt as smooth as possible before hand and get busy. When you get the sod try to get it from an actual sod farm instead of the crap you buy at homedepot or lowes. Will be much newer/better stuff. Do it all in one day too. It will dry up and die if left for much of any length of time.
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And water the **** out of it and roll it to compress it. Smash the roots into the mud basically.
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Mix fertilizer into the dirt before you smooth it out, then place the sod.
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Ues a sod cutter to get rid of the old grass/weeds?
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If you don't remove all the old stuff, weeds will be everywhere. Use a machete to cut the sod. If you have trees, stay away from St Augustine. Bermuda Tiff 419 is drought tolerant. It'll go dormant in the winter, but it can take a beating. Zoysia is nice.
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