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  1. Similar to tiling a floor, plan your installation so you are working out from one point in the yard or surface to be sodded such that you don’t have to walk on newly installed sod to lay more sod. We suggest picking a long, straight edge to start the installation. If there isn’t a straight line to help you start laying sod, create one by laying a row of sod near the edge of the lawn and filling in the nearby areas (such as along a scalloped flowerbed) with pieces of sod you will “cut-in”.
  2. To help “hide” the seams between the sod pieces, we suggest laying sod in a brick-work pattern. When you start the second row of sod, cut one piece in half and lay it next to the first full piece in the first row. This will stagger the seams in the installation so they are not as visible and begin a brick-work pattern to follow throughout the yard.
  3. Pull each piece of sod as close to the nearby pieces as possible. If the sod has been rolled up a long time, the edges of the sod may not want to lie flat, so you may need to use force to push the seams down and into each other.
  4. Cut-In: At the end of rows and along flowerbeds/walkways/driveways/etc., a sharp implement such as a hatchet or straight shovel can be used to trim the sod pieces to fit and create a crisp edge. We call trimming the sod pieces “cutting in.” The more cut-ins a yard has, the longer the sod installation can take. If you are installing sod in the heat of the year, you may want to start watering the larger areas you have already installed while you are still working on cut-ins along the edges or in other areas of the installation.
  5. Curb Appeal: A final suggestion with respect to the placement of the sod pieces with respect to aesthetic value only, we have found that the seams between sod pieces are less visible when you look at a house from the street if you lay the pieces parallel to the street. The most important aspect of installation is that you make sure the pieces are in close contact with each other and with the soil below (see Rolling Sod). The smoother the final grade, the less significant rolling becomes.
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