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CHEESE2009 09-11-2012 06:07 PM

Sod Fun
 

Lopes Lawn Care 09-11-2012 09:23 PM

I've never worked with sod before. What type of prep do you do before you lay it down? Besides removing the old grass of coarse.

Apex Lawn & Landscape 09-11-2012 09:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Lopes Lawn Care (Post 115694)
I've never worked with sod before. What type of prep do you do before you lay it down? Besides removing the old grass of coarse.

.....Make sure you have enough Sod. Water like crazy

CHEESE2009 09-11-2012 09:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lopes Lawn Care (Post 115694)
I've never worked with sod before. What type of prep do you do before you lay it down? Besides removing the old grass of coarse.


Well I suppose it depends on the area. This one was basically a grub infestation.

The best I could do was replace the grass, and have my client get someone to spray the new sod to protect it.

All you do is buy rolls of sod, and unroll it on the lawn, sometimes you might have to use a 'roller' to flatten it out, but I don't really think its necessary. Then just add loads of water, give it a good soaking.

I guess for a perfect job, you can put down a nice layer of fresh soil before rolling out the sod.

(I could have had the base sprayed for grubs before putting the sod down, but I can't wait around for that to happen - we'll just have to wait and see what happens.)

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Tomorrow I have to put in some more sod, then put some topsoil in between where the sod pieces connect to each other, then I should be good to go! (also, it's easy to cut sod if you were wondering.)

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Other facts from experience. Sod takes a good month before you can mow it without really any risk. However, it takes a full 1 year- 2 years for it to really become settled. After one year, the sod can sometimes still roll up, especially with this season we've had LOL.

Just use your trimmer if you don't like being risky, or cut at 4-4.5 inches. Tractors will suck the sod right up if you cut below that height, which can be a disaster.

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ALSO, sod it relatively inexpensive. Sometimes it can be cheaper than seed & fert!

1 roll here is only $3.50 (before my contractor discount ;))

CHEESE2009 09-11-2012 10:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Apex Lawn & Landscape (Post 115696)
.....Make sure you have enough Sod.



This is important. LOL

Don't drink and sod.

SECTLANDSCAPING 09-11-2012 10:42 PM

The biggest problem I had with sod is the homeowner not watering it. I swear do I have to show up and turn the water on?

You probably shouldve addressed the grubs first. We warranty our sod jobs and that is something that would cause a problem.

bruces 09-11-2012 10:47 PM

your sod must be gold or something ,we can buy sod here for $1.25 a roll cut while you wait ,or even crappy tire sells it for $1.50 per roll .

willshome 09-12-2012 07:36 AM

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Originally Posted by SECTLANDSCAPING (Post 115704)
The biggest problem I had with sod is the homeowner not watering it. I swear do I have to show up and turn the water on?

When I seed, I set up a hose & sprinkler on a timer for two weeks. I am not getting in a fight because of watering. Telling a customer to go water their lawn @ 5am just will not happen.

CHEESE2009 09-12-2012 08:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SECTLANDSCAPING (Post 115704)
The biggest problem I had with sod is the homeowner not watering it. I swear do I have to show up and turn the water on?

You probably shouldve addressed the grubs first. We warranty our sod jobs and that is something that would cause a problem.

I'm working on a budget lol. He threw some money at me and said to do what I need to do, but he already has a guy for the grubs.

My client is going to call them to come back and spray, but they are going to have to call me so I can observe. If these guys sprayed last week, there shouldn't be so many damn grubs... It's terrible. (My client is out of town for very upsetting reasons).

I thought I was only going to rip up a couple of feet, ended up being the entire front patch. I could have dug up all the way till the backyard, but I didn't want to go crazy.

As long as it lasts till winter, I'm happy - but it should be ok if those bastards do their job and spray it this time.

CHEESE2009 09-12-2012 02:11 PM

ALL DONE.

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/IMAG1412.jpg

before:
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/IMAG1405.jpg

Even cleaned up the hedge a little bit.

I finally decided to put some earth down before the sod, didn't take long to fixer up.


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