DIY Lawn Checkerboard

Get a checkmate with this DIY project.

A lawn checkerboard isn’t just fun for the whole family, but also visually appealing and a unique way to enhance a lawn.



Materials Needed:

32 Cement Pavers, sizes vary. 16-inch pavers for jumbo, 1-inch pavers for handheld.

4 packs of SodPods, 32 total pods




Sod Cutter (Optional)



Step 1:

Clear the area you wish to turn into a checkerboard, this can be done with a sod cutter. For handheld checkers, an area of 3’x3’ is sufficient. For a jumbo checkerboard, clear an area of 10.5 ft. x 10.5 ft.’. Use a rake to level the ground.


Step 2:

Lay the pavers in 8 rows of 4, in an alternating pattern to create a classic checkerboard look.


Step 3.

Create a Sod Pod sized hole in the center of the empty spaces. Hole should be about 2.25 inches wide.


Step 4.

Refer to our planting guide for additional details. Place a pinch of fertilizer in the hole, followed by the Sod Pod.


Step 5

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until your checkerboard is filled out.


Step 6

Refer to our care guide for additional details. Water excessively for first few days, eventually leaning off once growth is showing.



Briana Harris

Briana grew up surrounded by agriculture which helped her to develop a love for the industry. While attending the University of Florida, she pursued degrees in both marketing and agriculture to help farms thrive in business and connect with consumers. Briana was drawn to Bethel Farms in 2019 because of their innovative spirit and family-like culture. Briana is an active gardener and enjoys creating new ways to incorporate nature in and out of homes.   

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