WE KNOW TURF: Sod Laying Tips
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We grow turf grass from genetically pure planting stock in all types of soils that are known to encourage development of healthy, vigorous turf that is:
Clean. Because we use the latest technology and regularly sterilize the soil on which our turf grass is grown, you can be confident that only those varieties you request will be growing in your turf grass when it arrives.
Pest and Disease Free.
Fresh. Since our production facilities are strategically located, we can deliver your sod when and where you need it, often in less than 24 hours.
Well Placed. If you require it, your turf grass can be unloaded with our mechanical unloader as near to your work site as possible.
The "How To's" of Laying Sod: Sod Selection
By this time you probably have decided what type of turf grass you wish to put in and the exact area you want to cover (in case you haven't selected a type, refer to our varieties). The turf grass you purchase from Woerner Turf will come either as individual squares or in large rolls.
- Proper soil prepartion is essential to the success of your turf grass installation. If possible, you should begin by loosening the soil to a depth of from 2 to 6 inches. This can be done with a rototiller, garden tractor, disc, spading fork, or shovel.
- Level low spots and make slopes as gentle as possible. Rake out all old vegetation and any other objects that might present a problem in leveling After final raking or smoothing, apply 1 to 2 pounds of mixed fertilizer per 1,000 sq. ft. and rake-in or mix with the soil to a depth of 1 to 2 inches. (Your county agent can determine present soil pH conditions).
NOTE: Do not use lime for Centipede turf.
- If soil is loose, use a roller to firm it and reveal any high or that need final leveling prior to laying the turf grass.
- A day or so before your turf grass is to arrive, thoroughly moisten the soil to a depth of three to four inches. The soil should be moist but not muddy before sodding.
IMPORTANT: Lay your turf grass as soon as possible after it arrives.
Maintenance of St. Augustine
New or mature turf grass needs regular moisture to thrive and flourish. Consider summer rainfall in determining your irrigation schedule. However, do not over water. St. Augustine grass is very sensitive to blight and fungus during the months of July - September. Soil that is too moist combined with the hot temps create a perfect environment for blight and fungus. It is crucial that new St. Augustine is treated with a fungicide, such as, Ortho Garden Disease Control (formerly Daconil) Or Spectracide Immunox. For more info: Go to ortho.com or Spectracide.com.
Proper irrigation methods are crucial for a successful turf grass project. Lightly water the area to be sodded before the grass is laid, this cools the topsoil and provides Immediate moisture for the turf. Turn on the sprinklers right after the new grass is laid. Do not let the new grass dry out. During the first hree - four days, water your grass in short, frequent periods (10 minute periods, 5 - 6 times / day). Your new grass does not have a root system that reaches into the soil; therefore, it is unable to retrieve water below the top surface. As time goes on, the roots will reach deeper into the soil. This will allow you to irrigate longer, with less frequency. Environmental conditions determine the amount of water that your grass will need as it matures. Appearance of the grass / topsoil and common sense are the best barometers. Do not allow the grass blades to curl and do not allow excess moisture to buildup in the Topsoil. Apply fungicide to St. Augustine based on the product label during the hot, humid months of July, August, September for the first 3 years. After 3 years, mature St. Augustine will usually develop a natural resistance to blight and fungus.
For more info, log on to Turfgrass Producers International @ www.turfgrasssod.org.
How to Lay turf grass
- Determine exactly how much turf grass you need and where you will use it before you order. Allow 10% extra turf grass for trimming and fitting around irregular areas. Also be sure to have enough help on hand to get all the turf grass installed and watered within 24 hours of delivery (even less in extremely hot or dry weather).
- Carefully plan and mark where you want the pallets of turf grass placed on your site. You'll save time by not carrying sod all around your yard.
- Important: If the weather is hot and soil temperatures are high, give the soil a light sprinkling with water to cool the surface before laying the sod. Soil heated by the bright summer sun can damage the tender roots of freshly cut turf grass.
- Begin laying the turf grass along the longest straight edge - such as a driveway, curb, etc. All edges and seams should be tightly butted together. Joints between pieces will be scarcely noticeable if firmly joined. Avoid standing or kneeling directly on the turf grass, as this can leave indentations in the soft, moist soil underneath.
- The turf grass may be easily cut with a sharp knife to fit closely around the contours of trees, shrubs, buildings, drive and walk ways. Avoid small pieces which don't hold moisture.
- After the turf grass is in place, the entire freshly sodded surface area should be lightly rolled to insure a smooth surface.
- When you have laid an area of turf grass large enough for your sprinkler or irrigation system, begin watering that area immediately.
- Water your new turf grass twice daily for the first two weeks to help assure the sod is firmly rooted in the soil. Be sure to check watering depth to be certain it reaches down at least three inches. As the roots take hold, you can taper off watering to once per day, then once every other day, then as needed.
Woerner Turf Offers Many Services to Complement its Top-Quality turf grasses
Want more information? Need expert advice? Helping you select the best grassing method for your specific application is one of our many complimentary services.
Sodding provides complete, uniform coverage, instant beauty and maturity, immediate runoff and erosion control, reduces water requirements during grow-in, and requires minimal weed control.
Sprigging is an economical means of covering broad surfaces, particularly large areas. Cover times range from 10 weeks to 6 months, depending on turf variety and timing.
Row planting, requires little soil preparation and permits uniform transition to a preferred hybrid turf grass surface or renovation from winter damage, without closing down during planting or grow-in.
Changing the way turf grass installation is handled...
Today, "Big Rolls" of sod up to thirty inches wide and holding up to 270 to 400 square feet or more of turf grass are moved, positioned, and laid practically as fast as a man can can walk using track-mounted machines no bigger than the average walk-behind commercial mower.
Three- or four-man crews using Big Roll technology can install twice as much sod per day as a 10-man crew laying sod by hand.
The number of seams is reduced 30% or more and sod fits together better, with far less handwork and adjustment.
Big Roll sod technology is among the many grassing services available by calling Woerner Turf.
Creating a perfect lawn, sports field, fairway, green, or you-name-it with our top-quality turf grasses is as easy as a toll-free phone call to Woerner Turf. Want to know more about how we can help you with your planting project?