In 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 bluegrass or fescue sod instead 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 a problem, sod is a 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!
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).
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.
new sod must be fertilized at installation. In March - June apply PREVENT crabgrass pre-emergent
with fertilizer. Reapply in 4 weeks. This will suppress crabgrass and foxtail in the seams and cracks between the rolls. In
July - February apply LOVELAND GOLF COURSE STARTER fertilizer or LOVELAND RENOVATOR. Re-apply 4 weeks later.
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. Sod should be sloppy wet after installation and continually when temperatures are above 80° the first two weeks.
How much water is enough?Use UNCLE’S
WET BEACH TOWEL TEST.Place a wet beach towel on your driveway and see how fast it dries out.On hot windy days, the beach towel and the sod can dry out in hours.The beach towel will not die,
the sod will.
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. 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 bluegrass or fescue sod is apprx. 9 square ft. 1.5' wide x 6' long
1 roll of sod weighs apprx. 25 lbs. We can usually fit about 10 in an average trunk
1 pallet of bluegrass sod or fescue sod has 56 rolls (504 square feet)
pad of zoysia sod is apprx. 3 square feet 1.5' wide x 2' long