FAQ's

Is a sod lawn easier to maintain than a seeded lawn?
A professionally installed sod lawn is a healthy, mature lawn when it is installed. Simply water, mow and fertilize as required and it will stay healthy.

Can I have a sod lawn?
Sod can be installed almost anywhere.

When’s the best time to establish a lawn?
Seeding or sprigging is best attempted in the Fall in most areas, with Spring being the second best time. Winter and Summer planting of seed or sprigs is strongly discouraged.  Turfgrass sod can be installed year-round, even on frozen ground, if sod is available; however, sodding during the heat of summer will require more water than during cooler periods.

Is a sod lawn durable?
Sod is very durable because it establishes itself quickly. In a matter of a few weeks, it is ready for use. Sod is used in parks and golf courses, as well as residential homes and business premises.

How often should I mow?
The rule of thumb is to never remove more than one-third of the grass blades. You will likely have to mow more during times when moisture is plentiful, and less when the weather has been dry. Avoid mowing a parched lawn; it will make a dry lawn even drier.

What do I do with the lawn clippings?
Collecting all of the clippings removes nutrients from the lawn. A mulching mower does a good job of chopping and blowing the clippings into the lawn, where they decompose and release important nutrients back into the soil. With that said, if grass clippings are heavy, remove them to avoid excessive thatch build-up.

What can be done about the brown spots on my lawn caused by dog urine?                                                              The urine spots on your lawn are caused by excessive nitrogen.  The concentration of nitrogen in dog urine is quite high.  While sometimes it can act as a fertilizer (you may notice dark spots on your lawn as well) it often burns the grass.  The only real cure is to stop the dog from urinating on the grass, by training it to conduct business on an area set aside for such a purpose.  If the dog will continue to use the grass you can apply water to the area within eight hours to reduce the potential for a burned area.  Changing the dog’s diet or fluid intake can also help but these methods should only be undertaken with the guidance of a veterinarian.

 How can I patch thin or dead areas?
Sod can provide an instant patch by cutting out the old grass and trimming in a sod patch. It’s easy, simple and immediate.

Seeding can be used when the area is small by raking out the old grass, loosening the soil and sprinkling seed. Keep the seed very moist with waterings two or three times a day until it matures.

How often do I fertilize?
Here is a simple guide you can use:

1. An early application of a balanced nitrogen, phosphate fertilizer at 5 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft.
2. Two or three additional applications per year, a month to six weeks apart, but terminating before September 1.

How often should I water my lawn?
Here is a simple rule you can follow: If you water, do it regularly. Apply an inch every week (including rain) at one sitting on the sprinkler.

How do I calculate how much sod I need?

 

 

Area of a Circle

A=Pie x R2

Pie=3.14

A=3.14 x (20 x 20)

A=1,256 Square Feet

 

 

Area of a Triangle

A= 0.5 x B x H

B=Base H=Height

A = 0.5 x 20 x 150

A= 1,500 Square Feet

 

Area of a Rectangle

A= L x W

L=Length W=Width

A = 120 x 80

A= 9,600 Square Feet

 

Individual Small Roll of Sod covers 10 square feet (2' x 5').

Individual Big Roll of Sod covers 400 square feet (4' x 100').

 

Mushrooms in your sod, why?

Mushroom Article - by Jim Hole