Laying sod is not for the faint of heart, especially if you're sodding a large area, because it involves a lot of heavy lifting and physical labor, mostly on your hands and knees.
Preparing the ground for sod can be just as strenuous, depending on the condition of the soil, because it involves raking and grading to make the surface level and free of stones and rocks. Rent a lawn roller for the beginning and end of the job, first to level the soil and finally to close gaps between seams in the sod once it's laid. You'll need a wheelbarrow, rakes, shovels, a sharp knife (to cut the sod into sections), and a garden hose and sprinkler. Wear kneepads to spare your joints, and schedule the job so you can lay it immediately after it's delivered so it won't dry out. Finally, plan to be home for weeks after it's laid so you can water the new turf.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$1,550 -- $810 -- 14.5 -- 30.5 -- $740 -- 48 Percent