Sod Installation Raleigh
Find out how we solve homeowners’ lawn challenges in Raleigh with Green Grass Growth, our sod installation approach!
Peak Sodding provides residential sod installation services to all of Raleigh’s neighborhoods!
Take a look at recent lawn challenges we’ve solved in Raleigh or contact us today to kick off a lawn project of your own.
A New and Safe Lawn for the Kids
Raleigh Neighborhood: Laneridge
Project Location: Backyard
Lawn Environment: Sunny/shade mix
Lawn Challenge: The yard was extremely worn out from renovations as well as many drainage problems. What was left was a barren, clay, muddy mess. Rocky clay soil and weeds were all that remained. This meant an unsafe, messy area for whenever their children wanted to play throughout the yard.
Sod Type Recommendation: The recommendation for the lawn environment was Elite Tall Fescue.
Scope of Work: After an assessment of the yard, Peak Sodding made the decision to remove a tree in the center that would have prevented a greater portion of the yard from having success with sod. Once the tree was removed and the stump ground significantly down below soil levels, the Peak Sodding team began the grading process. Due to the heavy amount of rock and clay in the soil, a heavy quantity of healthy soil was needed to blend with the old. This would allow the sod to root as needed.
Interesting Challenge: Addressing the tree as well as the rocky soil was tricky. We needed to make sure we could not only minimize the heavy rock content through the soil but also make sure we could maintain a healthy grade throughout the area. Making sure the stump was ground down below the proper soil level, while lightly screening and scraping the rocks, allowed our soil to be thoroughly and properly filtered throughout the whole yard.
Project Highlights: The most exciting part of this project was near completion. After the sod was nearly complete and laid out, the kids had arrived home from school. They were so excited to see the new lawn, they ran out and immediately began rolling around and playing. It was awesome to see just how their parents’ decision to have this new sod installed made such a difference for their kids. They finally had a safe, beautiful, and fun area they could play in!
I called Ben at Peak Sodding late in the season. He was excellent in working our project in around our schedule and some persistent rain. He was clean and frequent with his communication. His process includes ground and soil preparation that is almost more important than the grass itself. The grass quality was fantastic and install day was smooth and fast. I highly recommend giving Peak Sodding a shot for your sodding needs.
A Lawn with Rocky, Eroded and Compact Clay
Apex Neighborhood: Yates Mill
Project Location: Entire yard
Lawn Environment: Shady/Sun Blend
Lawn Challenge: The client reached out with erosion issues that had been the cause of extreme stress on their lawn. They had tried continually seeding, fertilizing, and following all the proper steps in the book, but it simply was not working. They were left with a patchy, rocky, mix of clay soil, moss, and weeds.
Sod Type Recommendation: Zeon Zoysia was recommended due to its exceptional shade tolerance.
Scope of Work: After an assessment, it became extremely clear that this lawn needed much more than a long-term maintenance approach. After some serious work to clear away the weeds and remaining grass, our Green Grass Growth team began working carefully to increase the soil layer.
Interesting Challenge: One of the critical steps of our assessment was determining why all previous efforts had failed. It became very clear that we had a combination of very difficult conditions this lawn had to overcome if it were to be successful. First and foremost was the soil. It was rocky, eroded, and compact clay. This meant before anything else, we had to properly cultivate and build up a new layer of soil for the grass to have a proper root base.
Once this was done, we then had to address the second issue. That was the shade. Using a tool to determine the natural path of the sun, we were able to determine just how much coverage we could get out of our sod without putting it at risk. The recommendation Zeon Zoysia fell perfectly within the criteria of turf they loved the look of, but also met the needs of their lawns’ environment.
Project Highlights: Upon seeing the new lawn, the client was very excited to finally enjoy a new, thick lawn again. We were happy to receive follow-up pictures a few weeks following the installation of the freshly cut grass looking better than ever!
Make it Green with a Wide Grass Blade!
Raleigh Neighborhood: Wyntree
Project Location: Front and Side Yard
Lawn Environment: Shade/sun mix
Lawn Challenge: The client reached out to us after an extremely tough time with his lawn. He had tried everything. Seeding, topsoil, treatment, more seeding, but nothing was working. By the time he had called us, he was so exhausted from his lawn, he had killed everything.
Sod Type Recommendation: Due to the sunny/shade mix of his lawn, Peak Sodding recommended Fescue. The client already had an irrigation system and was in a great place to care for it once it was established. Our team got to work and within a few hours, the client had a fully transformed and gorgeous Fescue lawn.
Scope of Work: The client gave us two primary criteria. He wanted it to be green and he wanted it to have a beautiful, natural wide grass blade.
Interesting Challenge: The biggest challenge we ran into was actually at the completion of the project. We had about a pallet of leftover sod. We always aim to overestimate, but this was by a fairly broad margin. After some discussion with Steve, we agreed to go ahead and utilize the leftover sod in another portion of the lawn. Pretty soon, we had not only sodded just his front, but also his side yard.
Project Highlights: One of the things you’ll notice right away is just how GREEN this lawn came out. This batch of sod supplied from one of our local suppliers came in absolutely tip-top shape. The client was super excited to begin the watering process and finally have a well-established, fresh-looking lawn. Even on the day of installation, it fits so perfectly, it was hard to notice it was a brand new lawn!
Great experience with Peak Sodding. Carefully prepared my yard area and installed my lawn quickly and professionally. Thanks!
Green Grass for Backyard Entertaining
Raleigh Neighborhood: Historic Oakwood
Project Location: Backyard
Lawn Environment: Partial shade
Lawn Challenge: This was a relatively new home in the downtown Raleigh area. It was built after the prior home was demolished and the property renovated. The homeowner had requested our help as the backyard was left in shambles. She had put major work into making the space beautiful with a deck, fire pit area with lights, flower beds surrounding the lawn area, etc.
This area was made for a hosting environment. So when the lawn was filled with weeds, bare patches, and mud, it conflicted greatly with her goals for this space.
Sod Type Recommendation: Zeon Zoysia
Scope of Work: After an assessment, we determined the ultimate problems were the result of shade, an overgrowth of weeds, and drainage problems. Our team got to work and sprayed the weeds throughout the backyard. Once they had time to die off, we began the excavation and removed all the weeds, leaves, and scraps throughout. After this process was complete, our installers spread a thorough layer of soil making sure the yard was properly sloped towards all drainage pipes. After the soil was evenly raked, we laid the Zeon Zoysia to fit the space. The sprinklers were set in place and the rest was history!
Interesting Challenge: We faced a unique challenge at the end of the project. We helped the homeowner set up her sprinklers to water the lawn. It became evident that we would potentially run into problems with water coverage. The following week, the homeowner confirmed our concerns. We came out immediately with timers, hoses, and more powerful sprinklers. After some adjustments and fresh setups, the entire lawn was set and ready to go with watering to ensure the roots would not dry out.
Project Highlights: Upon completion of the project, the sun was slowly fading. The homeowner turned on the lights around her yard for the most beautiful finish. It was an amazing space that finally was able to show its true potential for hosting. A clean lawn, a fireplace, and an outdoor sitting area. We were so excited for her to finally enjoy it the way it should be enjoyed!