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Frequenly asked questions

On this page, subjects discussed include the preparation of the ground, sod installation, unrolling quickly, watering, fertilizing, mowing, as well as annual maintenance. If you still have questions contact us, we will be happy to answer them.
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1. What type of sod is grown at your farm?

Our sod is grown from a blend of pure Kentucky bluegrass cultivars.

2. When is the best time to buy and install sod?

Sod can be purchased generally around the first day of May until mid-November. Our recommendation is to end near the 30th of October.

3. Should we add soil and how much?

The most important is to create a soft soil bed of 6 to 8 inches thick preferably of same texture and type.

4. What type of soil should we use?

Sod quality soil or a loam type soil should be used.

5. Do we have to compact the soil with a roller before sodding?

The use of a roller is handy when the soil is too soft.

6. Should we moisture the soil before sodding?

Watering the soil is useful when the soil is very dry. Watering the soil should be done one day before sodding. Do not water excessively, damage or erosion could be caused. Muddy conditions could also be created.

7. Should a fertilizer be applied before sodding?

Rooting fertilizer should always be applied to nourish the sod for appropriate growth until the following application.

8. Should we apply the fertilizer before or after sodding?

Rooting fertilizer should be applied on the soil before sodding, with the use of a leaf rake evening out the application.

9. What type of fertilizer should be applied before sodding?

We suggest the application of approximately 2kg for 600 square feet of rooting 10-25-10 fertilizer.

10. How much time do we have to lay the sod?

The sod has to be unrolled upon its reception. Proportional damages can be caused by the delay between the reception and the installation; the longer the interval the greater the damages.

11. When is the best time to water the sod?

The sod has to be watered as soon as it’s laid. The most important thing is to keep the sod leaves moistured and cooled down. The sod should be watered lightly once its laid and heavily once the whole sod is all laid down.

12. Can we water sod in sunshine?

There is no damage caused to the sod when watered during sunshine. However if no watering is done within 30 minutes after the sod has been laid down damages will be caused.

13. Should we water the pallets of sod?

No watering is needed. The pallets of sod should be laid down promptly upon reception if possible.

14. Should we cover the pallets of sod if laid only the next day?

To prevent overheating, pallets of sod should never be covered. There needs to be air circulation.

15. Should we cover the pallets of sod if it rains?

To prevent overheating, pallets of sod should never be covered. There needs to be air circulation.

16. Should a roller be used once the sod is laid?

The use of a roller on laid sod is to enhance the contact of the sod with the soil. If the roller will cause the rolls to be displaced or damaged, avoid using it.

17. In a shaded area does your sod survive?

Sod will establish and grow depending on the presence of shade throughout the day. If the shade stays too long and is too strong the sod will weaken and disappear slowly.

18. In shaded area is it best to seed or use sod?

The use of sod will be more efficient and established faster. With seeds the germination will be unequal and its growth speed is slower.

19. Is there sod that we do not have to mow?

Slow growth sod type grass usually grows in high attitude and in a dry climate. Having them grow in our climate changes their growth to a faster pace.

20. We have a step slope where we do not want to mow, is there sod for no maintenance?

The growth height of Kentucky blue grass ranges between 8 to 12 inches, having thin leaves they bent to the ground and mowing is not required.

21. How long do we have to water the sod after its laid?

The time span for watering depends on when it’s laid; in hot and dry months watering stretches up to 3-4 weeks. Generally abundant watering are needed to moisture the soil 4 inches deep. Such watering can be done in a 2 day span the first week, a 3 day span the second week, and so on.

22. Can we walk on the sod after its installation?

Circulation can be done only if no roll displacement or sinking occurs. A low traffic should be considered before the soil is firm and the sod is rooted.   

23. How long before we can play on the sod?

We suggest a low circulation before sod is rooted. Generally 2-3 weeks.

24. When can we mow after the sod installation?

If the sod was watered and fertilized adequately, its growth will be constant. Mowing might be needed 6 or 7 days after. The rule in mowing is cut no more than 1/3 of the grasses height at a time. Make sure the sod is sufficiently rooted to prevent the rolls to be sucked by the blower.

25. What mowing height is recommended?

The mowing height varies from a cool season to a hot and dry period. In a cool period 6 to 8 cm is ok and 10-12 cm in a hot and dry season.

26. My sod is laid since one week and it’s yellowish what is happening?

If the sod has not been watered in the first 30 minutes dehydration of the leaves might have occurred, or overheating of the sod. Keep watering the sod as it should and after 2-3 weeks try to lift the roll. Usually the rolls should be rooted in, however if you can lift them easily and there is no evidence of the white roots, it is dead.

27. I have just finished laying the sod rolls and some were very warm and have a bad smell, what is happening?

Warm rolls with bad smell happen mainly when the temperature is warm and the delay between the harvest and the installation is too long. Overheating of the sod occurs and damage can be caused.

28. The sod has been laid since two weeks There are yellow rolls here and there what is happening?

Once again overheating of the rolls occurred. Wait 2-3 weeks more and if the rolls can be pulled and there is no presence of white roots the sod is dead and needs to be changed.

29. My sod was installed a few months ago, it stayed nice and green but now its turning yellowish?

Has a fertilizer been applied since? It mainly happens when nutriments are insufficient for the grasses needs. We recommend a soil sample to be analyzed and apply lime and fertilizer as required.

30. Up to what time can we install sod?

We strongly suggest to proceed before the end of October. After that date snowfall or frost can end deliveries without notice.

31. Late in fall can the sod freeze and die?

Winter deep freeze has no or very little impact on the sods survival. Damage can be caused when frozen sod is laid on frozen soil. If air circulates between the sod and soil it will burn or dry out the roots and kill the sod. Near road side high use of winter salt may also burn the newly rooted sod.

32. Can we unroll sod on frozen soil?

We do not recommend unrolling the sod on frozen soil. Damage could be caused by air circulation between the sod and the frozen soil causing the roots to burn or dry out.