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Installing Sod

 How to Lay Sod in Four Simple Steps
Grass Pad Bluegrass SodIn the age of instant gratification, turf grass sod provides the “instant lawn.”  Sod is to grass seed what pop tarts are to breakfast.  Kansas City homeowners who want to have instant green grass by tomorrow should consider Blue Wave™ bluegrass or Heat Wave™ fescue sod in place of grass seed.
On established homes, sod is an excellent choice for certain problem areas.  Small patches around the driveway or patio that have been damaged over the winter months are easily repaired with sod.  Garden patches or flower beds that are being replaced or redesigned will be immediately transformed into lawn.  In areas where washouts and erosion are problematic, sod is your natural choice. 
Around the house, in front of gutter downspouts or on slopes where grass seed will be washed away, sod is the problem solver.  Dog runs, play grounds, tire tracks, gasoline or fertilizer burns, all are common problems for which sod is the answer.
Guide to Instant Sod Lawn: GREEN SIDE UP!  
  1. Grading: Sod should be installed on smooth, even ground. The ground should be bare, firm and free of rocks. Once the soil is smooth and level, apply gypsum to the bare soil (40 lbs per 1,000 sqft).  
  2. Installing: The rolls should be placed tightly together with the seams staggered. The outermost edges of the sod should not be exposed, cover them with soil or place them at ground level. Anchor with sod staples on steep slopes.
  3. Fertilizing: Your new sod must be fertilized at installation. In March - June apply Loveland GOLF COURSE STARTER or RENOVATOR at time of installation. Two weeks later, apply PREVENT! crabgrass pre-emergent over the top of new sod. PREVENT! will fertilize while suppressing ugly summer weeds like crabgrass and foxtail in the seams and cracks between the rolls. In July - February apply Loveland GOLF COURSE STARTER fertilizer or RENOVATOR. Re-apply 4 weeks later.
  4. Watering Fresh Sod: The most important step in any successful sod job.  Fresh sod must be watered at once and kept wet for two to three weeks.  Homeowners should plan to water sod at least twice a day for one hour at a setting during the hottest part of the day. 
  5. How much water is enough?  Sod should be spongy wet to the degree you could not walk on it with barefeet without it squishing between your toes. Too much water will never be an issue for sod in the first two weeks. On hot windy days, sod can dry out in less than one hour. When temperatures are above 80º after installation, sod must be kept continually wet for the first month.
  6. Mowing: After installation the grass blades will be horizontal. With proper watering, in 10 to 14 days, your sod will begin to stand up. Mow sod as often as needed with a sharp blade and your mower on the highest setting during a time the sod is moist, yet firm to walk on. Water sod immediately after mowing.

 A few more tips:

  • Sod is guaranteed to die, unless  you water for the 1st hour. 
  • In warm spring weather, sod begins to heat up in the roll as soon as it is cut.  The better the sod, the sooner it begins to heat up.  Sod that cannot be installed promptly should be unrolled in the shade and watered until the project is ready to start.

Hey Uncle, How big is a roll of sod?

  • 1 roll of Blue Wave™ or Heat Wave™ sod is 9 square ft. 1.5' wide x 6' long (apprx.)
  • 1 roll of sod weighs about 25 lbs. We can usually fit about 10 in an average trunk
  • 1 pallet of  Blue Wave™ or Heat Wave™ sod have 56 rolls (504 square feet)
  • 1 pad of zoysia sod is apprx. 3 square feet 1.5' wide x 2' long
  • 1 pallet of zoysia sod has apprx 90 pads
  • Sod delivery is available, contact your nearest Grass Pad location for more information.
  • How much sod do I need? Estimate your need with sod calculator below.

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