Villa Alegre - Tract B
August 17, 2009
Fertilizer: Apply fertilizer a maximum of two days prior to sodding. Delay application of fertilizer if sodding will not follow within two days. Apply specified fertilizer at specified rate.
Fine grade area after fertilizing to smooth, even surface with loose, uniformly fine texture. Roll, rake and drag area, remove ridges, repair erosion, and fill depressions to meet finish grades. Limit fine grading to areas which can be sodded within 24 hours after grading. Remove stones over 1inch in any dimension, sticks, roots, rubbish and other extraneous matter brought to surface.
Moisten prepared areas before sodding if soil is dry. Do not create muddy soil conditions.
Approval of Grades: Grades are to be approved by the Landscape Architect after fine grading and prior to sodding.
INSTALLATION OF SOD
Lay sod within 48 hours from time of stripping. Do not install sod if ground is frozen.
Lay sod to form solid mass with tightly fitted joints. Lay sod over moistened soil, lightly raking the area ahead of each sod strip. Butt ends and sides of sod strips; do not overlap. Stagger strips to offset joints in adjacent courses. Lay sod parallel to the contours. Avoid damage to subgrade or sod. Tamp firmly and evenly by hand to ensure contact with subgrade. Unless approved by Landscape Architect, do not place sod pieces into gaps between sod strips. Instead, relay sod to close gaps. With the approval of the Landscape Architect, sand can be sifted into minor gaps smaller than 1/2 inch. Remove excess soil to avoid smothering grass.
Water sod thoroughly with a fine spray immediately after laying, until subsoil is wet to a minimum of four inches.
Begin maintenance immediately after planting.
Maintain lawns for not less than the period stated below, and longer as required to
establish an acceptable lawn. 1. Sodded Lawns: Not less than 60 days after substantial completion as determined by the Landscape Architect. Maintain lawns by watering fertilizing, weeding, mowing, trimming and other operations such as rolling, regrading and replanting as required to establish a smooth, acceptable lawn, free of eroded or bare areas. Irrigate by means of the underground automatic irrigation system, as often as necessary, to promote healthy grass growth and until a thick, even stand of grass has been obtained.
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