Everything you need to know about Sod

COMMON NAME INFO INFO  SQ FT
WESTURF NO MO SOD CREEPING RED /HARD/
SHEEPS FESCUE
   8
WESTURF JADE SOD 80% FESCUE
20% RYE
SHADE
NEEDS
4 HOURS
 8
WESTURF SHADE RYE SOD 80% KENTUCKY BLUE
20% PERENNIAL RYE  
SHADE
NEEDS
4 HOURS 
 8
WESTURF DWARF EMERALD FESCUE 100% FESCUE     8
WESTURF ELEGANT BLUE 100% KENTUCKY BLUE PET
TOLERABLE
 8
WESTURF FESCUE SOD
On Hand Daily!
80% FESCUE
20% KENTUCKY BLUE
PET
TOLERABLE 
 8

Installing Sod

Install the Sod Immediately and Begin Watering!
Do not wait until the next day!

Sod is perishable and must not be allowed to remain on the pallet. Proper watering is essential to the establishment of your new sod. During the first week, keep the sod and soil beneath completely soaked- it is almost impossible to overwater during this period. As a general guide, water 3 times a day during this critical first week. Watering times should be approximately 3 to 5 minutes. These numbers may need to be increased in the inland valleys during very hot weather. If water starts to puddle, cut back a bit on watering time. During the second week, reduce watering to 1-2 times per day, gradually allowing the soil to firm. This will make it possible for you to mow for the first time toward the end of week two. After three weeks, your sod should be established and you may cut back to a normal watering routine for your location.

After Laying the Sod

  • We cannot stress the proper watering program too much.
  • Stay off your new sod for at least 14 days.
  • Mow after two weeks with your mower set at the highest cutting height to reduce scalping.
    Never mow off more than 1/3 height of the grass.
  • Fertilize your new sod 3 weeks after the installation and every six weeks thereafter.
  • Control your pets. Urine spots and "foot printing" on soft, soggy sod may cause permanent problems.

Troubleshooting Hints

Blueish grey areas appearing in the lawn:
These are spots which have wilted because they are not getting as much water as the adjacent areas. Soak with a garden hose until you can adjust your sprinkler system for better coverage (adding a head, etc.).

Sod not rooting:
Within 10 days your sod should have many roots emerging, if not, check your watering. Note: Sod in shade will root very slowly, if at all. Most turfgrass sods require 4 to 5 hours of full sun or an entire day of filtered light to successfully root and become established. Sodding in shady areas is not recommended.

Brown Spots:
These can be caused by pets, dry spots, areas that are not rooting or possibly fungus. About 95% of the time, when you see a brown spot it is due to lack of water. Check by pushing a screw driver into the ground where the sod is green and then into the brown spot. If it is harder to push into the brown spot, you know it is simply dry.

Mushrooms:
Do not worry about these. When you cut back on the watering, they will go away.

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