STEP 3: GRADE YARD
Professional installers typically shape and grade yards with heavy equipment. You can achieve a final grade with a hard rake, lawn rake and shovel. The objective is to level and fan out high spots and imperfections in the yard before the installation. Start by using a hard rake to pull excess soil away from sidewalks, driveways, pool decks, and other hardscape edges. Remove 1” of soil at these edges so that the soil on the sod pieces can be seated below the hardscape in the yard. Rake excess soil from hardscape edges and distribute uniformly. Consider how the newly installed sod will be seated next to flower beds and trees and grade accordingly. Use a shovel as needed. Once the yard is shaped and graded with a hard rake, use a lawn rake to smooth out any remaining imperfections.