does it take to grow sod?
Seeding of the fields is done in late
Summer /early Fall and the sod will be harvested within 12- 18
months after that depending on how strong and well knitted the
root system is.
farms ever have to bring in soil to replace what is taken
off the fields because it looks like a
of soil is removed with each strip?
No. The amount of soil that leaves the
farm with each strip or roll is not significant enough to
warrant bringing in foreign soil. Think of it as more of a
transfer of soil from our field to your jobsite. See
attachment, How Much Soil Does A Turfgrass Sod Farm
Deplete?, for more info.
How do I
determine how much sod I need?
When you place your order best to give amount needed in square
feet. Use a tool that measures off in linear foot intervals;
a 1 foot long ruler or a 3 foot long yardstick or a tape
measure. Measure the length and width of each area to be sodded
in feet and then multiply the 2 numbers together to give you
the total square feet. Guessing or just walking off an area
can cost you time and money best to get an accurate measurement.
How many square feet in a roll
and on a pallet, size of each roll and average weight of a roll?
There are 10 square feet in a roll or strip of sod. The
harvester is programmed to cut and load 54 of these rolls on a
pallet which equals 540 square feet. Adjustments can be made
to the programming to cut and load other amounts , 40 rolls on
a pallet for example.
The rolls measure out 2 feet wide by 5 feet long.
A roll of sod can weigh as little as 15- 20
pounds when dry up to 40 pounds when wet.
days in advance do I need to place my order?
For a pick up order, a 1 day notice but if
you get a last minute order don’t hesitate to call we will try
to work you in. Walk-ins may or may not be able to be
accommodated depending on the day’s schedule.
For a delivery order a 2 to 3 day
notice if possible as we need to reserve a truck, trailer and
Is there a
deposit for the pallet and will you pick up the pallets from my
Yes, there is a $ 10.00 deposit for each wooden pallet used for
your order. Upon return of the pallet(s)
( in good condition) the deposit is refunded. We cannot accept
a pallet that is broken up or boards are
No, we are unable to pick up pallets but
you may return them at your convenience to the farm located at
9515 Jacksontown Road in Somerset, Va. 22972, during
I install sod?
Any time of year. Spring and Fall are
favored because the weather tends to be more predictable. If
Summer weather is hot or we have a drought situation use
caution. A mild Winter is an excellent time for sod
installation keeping in mind the sod is dormant so there will be
limited root growth.
can I walk on the sod after installation?
Not until after 2 weeks or when the sod
has firmly rooted to the soil. The first 2 weeks after
installation the sod needs quiet time to get itself
re-established in its new environment with minimal activity on
it. If you need to adjust sprinklers or irrigation equipment
walk along the edges and avoid the heavily saturated areas if
possible. It is important not to slide or shift a sod strip
out of place as it is trying to take root as the roots can break
off. After 14 days check to make sure the sod has taken root
by gently pulling or tugging up on the corners, if you get
resistance then the sod has rooted but if there is some
looseness needs more time. Once you have determined that the sod
has become 100% attached to the soil then normal use can resume.
do I need to water my new sod lawn?
Newly installed sod requires a great deal of water daily to
get the needed nourishment for re-rooting.
How well you water at this point will determine how well the
lawn performs in years to come. Always water immediately
after installation and water enough so that if you gently lift
a corner of the sod the soil you laid the sod on is wet as well
as the soil pad of the sod. Make sure corners and edges are
getting enough water. Will need to water daily for the first 2
weeks and then once the sod takes root can back off a bit.
Never let the sod get so dry that is has a grayish cast or
wilted look to it, keep it hydrated.
When can I mow my new sod?
Usually after 2 weeks from installation
or once the sod has become 100% rooted to the soil. Be sure and
check to make sure the sod is firmly rooted by gently pulling up
on a corner if you get resistance then you can mow. Set your
mower at a high setting and if the clippings are extremely long
might be a good idea to bag them this time. Once in a while can
leave the clippings on the grass as they do decompose quickly
and return vital nutrients back into the soil and do not
contribute to thatch.
Can I walk on grass when there is
frost on it?
No, severe damage will occur to the grass
blade as the blade is brittle.
sell seed to match the sod?
Yes, it is sold in 25 or 50 pound bags.
The seed is produced by the Jonathan Green company and will
match our sod.
I have a dog(s), how can I keep
them from yellowing my grass?
Urine is high in salt and ammonia this is what causes
the discoloration of the grass, the salt draws moisture out
of the blade and the grass turns yellow or brown. Diluting
the affected area with water as quickly as possible is a
solution or limiting the dog to a designated area in the
yard with mulch or gravel is another option or some folks
are using artificial grass to make an area for the pet.
There are products on the market that may be helpful check
with your local pet care store.
sod come with a guarantee?
We can guarantee you that the product you purchased
is healthy, alive and will remain so as long as you care for
it once you get it home and installed. Once the sod leaves
the farm and is no longer under our watchful eye we have no
control over what may happen to it we have to pass
the responsibility of its care and survival onto you.
If there is a problem with the sod please
call and we will resolve the issue the best we can.