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Sod Information


At Columbus Turf, we've done our best to create a Web site that anticipates and satisfies our customers' needs. With that goal in mind, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If you do not find an answer to your question here, contact us at 740-983-8873 or colturf@columbus-turf.com.

 


How big is a piece of sod?

We harvest our sod in 24"x54" rolled pieces. We stack 60 pieces on a skid that's 540 square feet.

One skid of sod weighs approximately 2000 lbs.

We also offer BIG ROLL sod cut at 48" wide x 67.5' long that covers 270 square feet.

 

When is  the best time to establish a lawn?
Turf grass  sod can be installed year-round, even on frozen ground, if sod is available;  however, sodding during the heat of summer will require more water than during  cooler periods. Seeding or sprigging is best attempted in the Fall in most  areas, with Spring being the second best time. Winter and Summer planting of  seed or sprigs is strongly discouraged.
Can a homeowner install turfgrass sod?
If  you can understand "Green Side Up," you can successfully install sod. Because  turf grass sod can be heavy, the help of a few friends is recommended.
Is seeding cheaper than sodding?
A  big bag of grass seed will cost less than a pallet of sod, but that is like  comparing the cost of raw wool to a fine sweater. Turf grass sod is a finished  product that will provide nearly instant use, beauty and environmental benefits,  whereas seed is an unknown that requires two or more years of on-going time,  attention, water, fertilizer and pesticides to reach a maturity equal to sod on  its first day.
What do I look for to determine quality and freshness?
Sod  is a living plant that should be installed between 24 to 72 hours after it is  first harvested from the farm field. The best indication of freshness is soil  that is moist (not hard and dry). The grass blades should be dark green and cool  to the touch.
Strength  of sod can be tested by holding a piece by its narrow end and raising it  overhead, without it tearing or falling apart.
Uniformity  of texture, mowing height and overall quality, can best be determined by placing  several pieces on the ground and looking for extreme variations or visible  weeds.
What are the basic steps to installing sod?
Prepare  the soil as if you were seeding; measure the area to be sodded to calculate the  quantity  needed to cover the area you need to measure the length x width to get your square footage. To install; lay the first piece along a straight line such as  a driveway or sidewalk; install all additional pieces so the seams create a  brick-like pattern; apply at least one inch of water on the new sod, beginning  within 30 minutes of laying down the first piece; keep the base soil moist with  daily (or more frequent) watering for the next two weeks.
Are  there any "tricks of the trade" to make the installation better?
Sodding  is simple, but it can be made easier by:
Leveling  the soil approximately one-inch below any hard surfaces such as patios,  sidewalks and driveways so that when the sod is installed it won’t be higher or  lower than the hard surface.
Asking  the delivery driver to place the pallets of sod across the yard, approximating  how much each pallet will cover this will reduce the time and distance you  might have to otherwise carry each piece.
If  there’s any slope, begin sodding at the bottom and work your way up the slope to  keep the seam and joints tightly together. If the slope is quite steep, run the  pieces across the direction of the slope.
To  make sure you are applying enough water, lift a corner of any piece of sod and  insert a screwdriver or other sharp probe into the underlying soil. If it’s hard  to push in or the soils not moist, keep watering.
What can I do to maintain a beautiful lawn?
Quality  grass simply needs water, air, sunlight and nutrients. In most areas, grass  needs approximately one-inch of water a week. Infrequent and deep watering  encourages deep roots and a healthy lawn.
Mow  frequently enough (with a sharp blade) so you never cut-off more than one-third  of the grass blades in a single mowing. This will also allow you to leave the  clippings on the lawn so they can naturally degrade and return nutrients to the  lawn.
Prune  trees so they allow as much light as possible onto the lawn.
Fertilize  at least annually, or according to the specific needs of your lawn.
Aerate  every other year to reduce compaction and increase the exchange of water and air  at the root level.
How can I patch thin or dead areas?
Turf grass  sod can provide an instant patch by cutting out the old grass and trimming in a  sod patch. It’s easy, simple and immediate.
Seeding  can be used when the area is small by raking out the old grass, loosening the  soil and sprinkling seed. Keep the seed very moist with watering two or three  times a day until it matures.
Why are there no prices on your website?
There  are no prices on our website because prices are subject to change due to  delivery locations and other variants. We apologize about the inconvenience it  may cause. If you would like a specific price quote, please give us a call at  740.983.8873.