Installing & Maintaining

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When to Install your Sod

Sod is a living perishable product, so it is extremely important that it is installed immediately and watered thoroughly. Our sod can be installed any time of the year, as long as the area where the sod will be installed has been prepared. Once you have prepared the ground, the sod can be installed.

Usually spring is the most popular time to install sod for homeowners and landscapers, since sod installed in the spring months tend to need little irrigation during and after it has been placed. If sod is installed during the summer, it will require more water than other times of the year. Though sod is often preferred during this time of the year, because of the small success rate of summer seeding. Having easy access to water is recommended for the first three weeks after installation. Fall is another popular time of year for sod installation because it requires only a fraction of the irrigation needed.

Many customers don't realize that sod can also be installed during winter months. When installed in the winter time, the sod will have a dormant period, then when the spring temperatures arrive the sod will take root. Sod installed in the winter does not require any water during those months.

Our turf is cut to order to ensure that every customer receives quality fresh sod by our diverse force of hardworking, dedicated employees. Call us today to request your turf!

How to Install your Lawn

Below are steps on how to properly install your sod and steps that should be taken to maintain it.

Install Sprinklers: A properly installed and maintained underground sprinkler system conserves water by directing it exactly where and when it is needed. Have your sprinklers installed and tested prior to ordering your turfgrass sod. A sprinkler system offers great advantages for your lawn, but is not necessary.

Soil Preparation: Kill weeds and grasses with a recommended herbicide (follow directions on bottle); remove rocks and debris, add organic soil amendment (consult your nurseryman) at a rate of 3 to 5 yards per 1000 sq. ft.; rototill to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.

Grading: Work the soil, then level and smooth with a rake. If soil seems loose, rolling may be done to firm soil before installing the sod. Final grade should be ½ inch below walkways and driveways. Water soil lightly, just before installing sod. Spread area with a starter fertilizer at rate recommended on the label (except during the summer months – it could create disease problems).

Sod Installation: Begin to install your sod immediately after delivery. Start laying your sod along a straight edge such as a walkway or driveway. Place joints tightly together, do not overlap. Stagger joints similar to a row of bricks. Use a sharp knife to cut and shape around curves, trees, and borders, etc.

Water is Critical: Start watering within 30 minutes even if all the sod isn't installed yet. This will prevent the sod from wilting and drying. Don't ever let the sod dry out and kill the leader grass roots.

Keep New Sod Moist: This is extremely important! Keep your new lawn consistently moist, but not soggy during the first 20 days after installation. Don't let water pond. Until the roots establish, multiple watering times are needed each day during hot weather.

Benefits of Turfgrass

There are many benefits to using turf grass, both environmentally and economically.

Environmental Benefits:

In addition to being a great multi-use landscape area, turf grass filters pollutants, captures rain water, controls erosion, dissipates heat, abates noise and reduces glare.

A turf area of 50 feet by 50 feet releases enough oxygen to meet the needs of a family of four. In an Arizona study, it was determined that soil temperatures at a xeriscape site were 14 degrees Fahrenheit higher than soil temperatures under turf. The higher soil temperatures would translate into higher air temperatures, and increase use of energy needed to cool nearby buildings.

A buffer zone of grass around buildings helps retard the spread of fire.

Turfgrass helps purify water entering underground aquifers, and sewer systems since its root mass and soil microbes act as a filter to capture, and break down many types of pollutants.

Economic Benefits:

A Gallup survey reported that 62% of U.S. homeowners felt investment in lawns and landscaping are equal to or better than other home improvements. The investment recovery rate is 100 to 200% for landscape improvement compared to a deck or patio which will recover 40 to 70%.

Well-maintained landscape adds 15% to a home's value according to buyers. 70% of homeowners prefer a landscape dominated by the color green and having at least some lawn area.