Measure & Prep

Dayton Valley Turf Experts at Your Service

Dayton Valley Turf’s commitment to excellent customer service means that you will be dealing with seasoned professionals, not seasonal help.

No matter what your level of experience with planting sod, our Turf Experts are with you from start to finish, helping you on your way to a greener yard.

6 Steps to Success

  1. Measure Your Planting Area
  2. Prepare Your Soil
  3. Grade and Amend Your Soil
  4. Test Your Sprinkler System
  5. Water Your Planting Area
  6. Plant and Grow!


1. Measure Your Planting Area



2. Prepare Your Soil

Soil should be loose and possess nutrients and amendments like Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost.  Since Northern Nevada soils are typically lacking in essential nutrients, the addition of organic material improves root growth and provides nutrients to sod while retaining moisture at the root zone.

Apply by working into soil 4-6” deep.

Dayton Valley Turf Offers Soil Testing Services to determine what soil amendments are needed in your particular planting area for successful root establishment and healthy growth of your new lawn.



3. Grade and Amend Your Soil

Grade the planting area, making sure that there are no low spots, and site is sloped in a direction appropriate for drainage, generally away from buildings.

Grade 1 ½” from sprinkler heads and sidewalks to account for sod thickening.

Rake a high quality starter fertilizer, such as MRoots or EndoRoots into top 1” of soil to help establish the root system while reducing transplant shock.

We also recommend the addition of ZEBA to the soil for moisture retention at the root zone.

The combination of Roots Micorrhiza products and ZEBA will help increase water and nutrient absorption, while building grass plant resistance to pathogens and increasing tolerance to acidity and heat stress.


4. Test your Sprinkler System

Confirm even head to head coverage of planting area.

Check for problems such as blocked, crooked or broken sprinkler heads, and make repairs prior to installation.

Measure consistent watering pattern by placing like containers throughout the yard area, turn on the sprinklers for 5 minutes, and measure amount of water in each container.  Adjust sprinklers accordingly for uniform coverage.


Woman's  hand with hose sprinkle watering plants in the garden5. Water Your Planting Area

Wet planting area, keeping moist until sod is placed.  This will help level the soil and remove air pockets.

A dry base can cause sod to dehydrate, burn root hairs and stress newly-planted grass.

We recommend that both soil and sod be kept moist prior to installation to reduce transplant shock and make sod easier to handle.


6. Plant and Grow!