Q. When is the best time to install sod?
The very best time for sod installation would be from the last day of any frost occurring, especially when using Centipede (mid April) through October. You can also install during the late fall, winter, and early spring when the sod is going into
dormancy or is totally dormant and has no green leaf tissue. For dormant sod installation the important thing is to simply keep the sod pad moist. This is usually taken care of by the rainfalls we receive during any phase of dormancy.
Q. When should I fertilize ? And what kind of fertilizer is best?
Before installing your sod, apply an application of 5:5:15 – referred to as a STARTER Fertilizer. Use approximately 3 # per 1,000 square feet and lightly rake into the top 1/2 inch of soil. After the sod has knitted down which takes anywhere from one to 2 weeks during the growing season, apply a second application of either 5:5:15 for Centipede, or 16:4:8 for any other variety. Irrigate this fertilizer into the soil and off the leaf tissues. Please remember spoon feeding your fertilizer – and only as needed – is very important! Always opt for the lower Nitrogen as too much of this element will make your grass susceptible to Brown Patch and other diseases.
We carry the Fertilizers for all grass varieties, and is what is used at the farms.
Q. How about a Weed and Feed fertilizer that is sold at the big box stores?
Normally the big box stores carry fertilizers that are too high in Nitrogen (30%), and are labeled for Southern Lawns. This is, unfortunately, inaccurate. The only grass
variety that can successfully use this high amount of Nitrogen are the Bermudas. This amount of Nitrogen will send Centipede into a DECLINE, which sets up your lawn for disease, than weeds, than winter injury or kill.
Never apply a Weed and Feed type of fertilizer before or just after ANY sod installation. The chemicals used in a Weed and Feed formula form a barrier in your soil preventing weed seeds from germinating. The chemicals used – creating this barrier – also prevents your sod from knitting down.
Q. How do I eliminate weeds during the early stages after installation?
Preferably, MOWING will remove most weeds that will occur. Mow your sod as soon as it needs mowing – even one week after installation. It is common to get weeds coming up through the seams and in any weak area of the sod. Let mowing handle these weeds which will remove 99% of them. Allow the time necessary for the sod to heal and knit together. After 2 months from the sod installation, spot spray for any weed that persists. We can guide you in this.
THE BEST WAY TO OVERCOME WEEDS AND DISEASES IS TO DEVELOP A DENSE, COMPETITIVE, AND HEALTHY LAWN. THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED WITH STARTING OFF WITH A QUALITY SOD, A QUALITY JOB OF INSTALLATION, AND FOLLOWING THROUGH BY USING GOOD CULTURAL PRACTICES. THESE INCLUDE: PROPER MOWING, FERTILIZATION, AND WATERING. HAVING TO RESORT TO CHEMICAL CONTROLS IS EXPENSIVE AND RISKY.