1. When is the best time to install new sod?
Sod can be installed almost anytime during the growing season when the ground isn’t frozen. We lay sod from mid-April through the end of November. Spring and autumn are the best seasons —cool temperatures and occasional rain help sod quickly root.
2. Will frost kill newly laid sod?
Kentucky Bluegrass is a cool season grass. The cold and snow will not normally kill it. Although sod can’t be installed on frozen ground, frost won't do any damage to it once it has been laid. Sod will lay dormant but once the temperatures warm up, the grass will start to root.
3. What to do after the new sod is installed?
Water is key to proper sod establishment! It’s nearly impossible to over-water new sod!
Water the new sod two times a day for the first 2 weeks.
Please read our detailed instructions on "How to take care of the new sodded lawn" for full care guide and more tips.
4. Is it OK to walk on freshly laid sod?
Avoid pet and foot traffic on the new sod until it has completely rooted (usually 3-4 weeks). You can easily check if the sod rooted by gently pulling the end of one piece of sod. If you feel resistance and difficulty to lift the corner- it means that the roots have taken to the soil.
5. Is it OK to water new sod at night?
Be careful about watering grass late evening or at night.
Water remaining on the grass can promote disease and fungus.
The morning and late afternoon are the best times to water your lawn.
6. When should I mow newly installed sod?
The sod can be mowed once the root system has properly developed. Wait until the new grass has a height of at least 3 inches before mowing it (about 3 weeks after planting).
Be sure not to cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade.
We recommend setting your lawnmower at the highest possible position in order to give the sod more green growth for photosynthesizing. Make sure you always use a sharp mower blade!
Kentucky Bluegrass should be cut at a height of 2.5-3.5 inches.
7. How much time does it take for sod lines to disappear?
When sod is laid properly, there are no gaps or overlaps but there will be visible seams that become less visible as the sod takes hold and starts growing. Proper watering is essential as sod pieces are like a sponge. When they get dry, they shrink and expose more of the lines. Sod lines usually disappear after the first grass cutting (3 weeks).
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8. Will laying sod kill all weeds?
Although sodding helps to reduce the number of weeds, it will not get rid of them completely, the weeds will grow again (their root system reaches up to several feet long , but sod cutter removes 2 inches of lawn). After sodding, it is necessary to take proper care of the new lawn.
If you have many weeds we recommend to do presodding weed treatment. We offer non-toxic and safe for environment options. Contact us to get more details.
9. What is the warranty for sod?
We offer 90 days warranty on sod and labor. Learn more about our Sod Warranty.
10. What grass do you install?
We install cool-season Kentucky Bluegrass that is perfect for the Ontario climate.
11. My sod seams are getting yellow. What should I do?
The edges dry out the quickest. Try to keep sod seams damp all the time for a while. Give it some more water and it will bounce back.
12. How long does it take for the sod to root?
It takes about 3-4 weeks.
13. What is the size of a piece of sod?
1 piece of sod is 2 ft x 4,5 ft and covers 9 sq. ft.
The weight of 1 piece of sod is about 12 kg.
1 skid (pallet) of sod has 80 rolls and covers 720 sq. ft.
14. I have mushrooms growing in my new sod.
Since your new sod is receiving so much water, it is absolutely normal to find some mushrooms growing in the grass. These mushrooms are not harmful. As watering gets less often, mushrooms will dry up and go away.
15. When should I fertilize my new sod?
Sod farms fertilize the sod right before they harvest it. It means that the sod that you get is already fertilized. New sod should be fertilized no sooner than 4 weeks after installation once the root system is established. If the sod was installed in the winter or when it was dormant, do not fertilize the sod until after green-up in spring. Learn more details about Lawn Fertilizing.
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