Frequently Asked Questions
WHEN SHOULD I MOW NEW SOD?
As soon as the sod has grown to where it looks like it needs mowing is okay. Do not mow if the grass has not rooted. The general rule-of-thumb is not to take more than one-third of the blade off per mowing. Cutting more than that at once may shock the plant and set it off color, especially in hot weather.
WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE OF SOD?
There is no best turf grass for Central Florida. Each of the grasses have pluses and minuses. Consideration should be made to how much maintenance do you want to spend on the lawn. This includes mowing, watering, fertilizing, trimming, and watching for bugs, fungus and disease. Do you have shade in your yard? St Augustine Classic, is cold and shade tolerant and remains green all year. St Augustine Seville, Bitter Blue and Palmetto are all sun and shade tolerant grasses. St Augustine Floratam is poor in the shade and has had a difficult time getting through and recovering in severe cold spells. Argentine Bahia has only moderate shade tolerance and is the easiest to maintain grass but turns brown in the colder season. Empire Zoysia is shade tolerant and is a beautiful lawn grass It is very dense and uniform with fine blades and grows in a wide variety of soil conditions. Empire Zoysia will go brown in a freeze and naturally comes back green in the Spring.
WHEN CAN I INSTALL MY SOD?
You can successfully install sod anytime of the year.
CAN I FIT A PALLET OF SOD IN MY TRUCK?
One pallet of sod will fit in a full size pick up truck. 500 sq. ft. is approx. 3500 lbs. (the sod will be heavier if wet) and the pallet is 4×4.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY SOD?
Sod is a living, perishable plant. To ensure the success of your new sod you must be sure your area is totally prepared and ready. Sod is mature grass that, once established, should be treated just as you would any other lawn. It should be aerated and thatched usually each spring, fertilized at the proper times of year, and watched as needed. In Florida, pests such as chinch bugs and web worms must be controlled with the appropriate pesticide or they will destroy your lawn. Fungus due to the rainy season – or over watering by homeowners – must also be controlled with the appropriate fungicide.
CAN I STOP BY AND PICK UP THE SOD ANYTIME WHILE YOU’RE OPEN?
Although fresh sod arrives from the farm every day, it is advisable to call ahead to reserve. Sod for pick-up and delivery on Friday’s and/or Saturday’s are pre-order pre-paid.
DO YOU SELL SOD DIRECTLY TO HOMEOWNERS?
We sell sod directly to homeowners, landscapers and contractors.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO INSTALL SOD?
Installing one pallet, which is 500 sq. ft., generally takes one person approximately 1-1.5 hours. Hard to access areas and those requiring a lot of cutting will take longer.