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The Soil Is Almost Ready

Buying Sod In Texas

The weather is starting to warm up and planting time for sod is almost here. If you have never purchased sod for your lawn or land, then let's go over this list and talk about some critical factors you really need to know prior to arrival. If you’re buying very much sod, have it delivered. It is very heavy. A heavy duty truck will be required if you do it yourself depending on what you need.

Lake Kiowa homes are known for their beauty. Events every weekend, BBQ's, parties, and boating activities always include your lawns. Whether you are cooking out on the grill, having a pool party, or planting flowers and reworking your gardens means your yard is highly visible. Sod, grass, and trees are a vital part of the landscape mix here at Lake Kiowa and we encourage you to read about planting sod instructions below. We all love Lake Kiowa!

Here are some helpful recommendations for you to consider and make plans for:

  • Please be sure to have your sod delivered (unless you own a heavy-duty truck). One pallet weighs 2,000-3,000 pounds. Not to mention unless you have a pallet jack to get it on and off the truck you will need to do it my hand. Not fun.
  • Plant your sod by the end of May, prior to really hot sun and temperatures. It makes for easier work, and it won’t dry out so quickly as you get it established.
  • Be sure you apply a glyphosate-only herbicide that has no other active ingredient. This will eliminate existing grasses and weeds without leaving any herbicidal residue in the soil.
  • Rototill to prepare the soil carefully. If you don't own one, go to the nearest local retail gardent centers for your area. Be sure to rake to a smooth grade afterwards.
  • Be sure to do the research on types of sod. Here in Texas,  St. Augustine for part shade or full sun; bermudagrass for full sun. Zoysias fall in-between and are becoming increasingly popular across much of Texas. Remember, there really isn't a grass for full shade.
  • Source your best sod yard you can. Most of you gardners out there are familiar with your independent retail garden centers in your area.
  • Fresh sod is bright green, and the soil portion will be moist. If it is brown you may want to rethink your source.
  • Try to buy Texas grown, processed in late afternoon and shipped to you overnight for early morning planting.
  • Sod laid onto tilled soil is a group effort. A team of four or five workers is required. It helps if you walk on pieces of plywood so you won’t leave footprints.
  • Each piece of sod should be as close as possible to each other. Voids which do happen can be filled to avoid gaps by cutting up the pieces to fit.
  • Be sure that you water each area of the yard as soon as you have the sod planted. Inventory carefully and be sure to fill any conspicuous cracks between pieces, although narrow spaces will still fill in very quickly.
  • Visually, if the lawn looks lumpy after you have planted the sod, consider rolling it one time with a half-filled lawn roller.
  • Watering is necessary for the first two weeks. Do water each day (unless it rains) for about 5 minutes per area; you will be able to gradually wean the grass to longer intervals between waterings.

When the sod takes hold and the grass begins to grow, be sure to mow at the recommended height as soon as the grass grows slightly beyond it. Keep the grass at that height. Low mowing encourages dense, spreading growth.
You can fertilize the new grass after the second mowing. It's best to use an all-nitrogen food with half or more of that nitrogen in slow-release form. Remember that the first feeding should be at half the recommended rate. Then, approximately one month later, fertilize at the recommended rate.

If you have any questions about your sod, be sure you write the down and discuss them with your sod provider. It would help to contact more than one grower, and if possible visit the sod farm if you are buying direct and not using a local nursery or garden facility.

Here are some Don'ts for the record that will save time, money eliminate having to purchase additional sod that could die.

  • Never start new sod without first rototilling the ground and raking it smooth ahead of time. If you only spread an inch of sand on top of the old grass and weeds, then lay out their sod; you are doomed to failure or severely impaired results. In this scenario "You only get one chance to do the job right."
  • Never accept sod with nutsege (nutgrass). If you can see nutsedge in the thin layer of soil, turn it down. The sod-cutting machines will slice the pea-sized “nutlets” cleanly in half. If nutsedge is present, you’ll be able to see those little pieces.
  • Never use weedkillers, including pre-emergent herbicides until the new grass has been through its first winter for best growing results.
  • Don't bother planting sod in a shaded area. Even St. Augustine will fail to grow when an area receives fewer than 5 or 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. If you have an area like this, it’s time to consider a groundcover. There are several shade tolerant groundcovers, and you can do research about that online very easily.

Sod is expensive. Take to heart the recommendations provided in this article. You will find that strict adhearance to these basic best accepted practices, your sod will perform in the manner you hope. Happy Lawns look beautiful and green, and will certainly be a gift to you and your neighbors and family each time you use your patio.

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