Turn the Soil
This can be done by spading, plowing or rototilling to a depth of about four inches. All foreign material and trash should be removed.
This can be done either by light power equipment or a hand rake. It is best to fill in low areas and to have a gradual contour. Avoid sharp angles or curves to prevent scalping when mowing. Grade should be about 1 inch below the sidewalks to allow for the thickness of sod.
Sod must be laid immediately. Start at your property line or along the driveway or sidewalk. Roll it out like a rug; stagger the joints like rows of bricks; make sure joints are butted together without overlapping.
Before watering, roll with a light roller to make sure roots have good contact with soil. Never roll after watering.
Water sod thoroughly with a penetration of about six inches. If weather is extremely hot, start watering as soon as a small area is layed and rolled. Sod must be kept watered until fully rooted. DO NOT LET IT DRY OUT. Check occasionally by lifting up a corner; if it shows signs of drying out, water immediately. After sod has knitted to subsoil, normal watering is recommended.