RIGHT-Cut the sod on the DIRT SIDE with any sharp knife
INSTALL THE SOD IMMEDIATELY AND BEGIN WATERING
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT DAY
Sod is a perishable product, like any living plant it must be installed and watered immediately. It can not be left on the pallet overnight. Proper watering is essential to establish your new sod lawn. During the first week it is critical to keep the sod and soil below completely soaked. It is almost impossible to over water during this period. As a general guide start watering immediately. Do not wait for the entire lawn to be installed. Water for 3 to 4 hours at one time each day during the first week. During the second week water 3 to 4 hours every other day. During the third week water 3 to 4 hours every three days. After that, one inch a week is recommended for a healthy lawn.
REMEMBER... The length and frequency of your watering will depend on natural rainfall, warm weather, and windy conditions. If puddles start to appear, cut back on the watering.
HELPFUL INSTALLATION HINTS... The “pineturf” sod you have received is the finest you can possibly purchase. It has been cut fresh, and is free of weeds and disease.
-We recommend 3 to 6 inches of good topsoil.
-Rake the soil out to a smooth finish. Remove any large rocks or debris. However you leave the grade is how your lawn will be once your lawn is established.
-Apply lime and fertilizer to the ground before laying the sod.
-Make sure your sprinkler system gives you good head to head coverage. Almost any sod failures are due to improper coverage of sprinklers.
-Stager the rolls as if you are laying bricks. Butt the edges up tightly together. Trim the rolls with a sharp knife.
-After laying a small area begin watering with a garden hose. Once you have a large enough area done turn on the sprinkler.
AFTER LAYING THE SOD... Make sure you follow proper watering guidelines. We cannot stress this enough.
-Stay off your new lawn for at least 2 weeks.
-After 2 weeks your lawn should be firm and you should be able to mow it.
- If after 2 weeks your sodded area is too soft, hold off on recommended watering treatment until firm before mowing.
-Make sure to set your mower at the highest height. You do not want to scalp your lawn, it will put it into shock. Never mow off more than 1/3 the height of the grass.
-Fertilize your lawn at least twice a year. Spring and fall applications are suggested. Avoid fertilizing in hot weather, it could burn your lawn.
TROUBLE SHOOTING HINTS... Regarding your new lawn. Mushrooms may appear, do not worry, once you cut back on the watering they will disappear. Sod not rooting within two weeks may be a result of improper watering or a heavy shaded area. Most turf grasses require at least 3 to 4 hours of full sunlight each day. Sodding in heavy shaded areas is not recommended. Brown spots can be caused by pets, or dry area. Bluish gray area appearing is a sign of improper watering. Soak the area with a garden hose until you can adjust the sprinklers.
Sod, Seed and Fertilizer varieties
Pineturf GRADE ‘A’ BLUEGRASS BLEND: Requires 5 or more hours of direct sunlight daily
Pineturf TURF TYPE TALL FESCUE MIX: - ALSO FINE FOR HOME LAWNS OR ANYWHERE TURF IS NEEDED. VERY GOOD DROUGHT TOLERANCE IF PLANTED IN GOOD DEEP SOIL. Requires at least 3 hours of direct sun daily
Pineturf Landscape Mix
Pineturf Tall Fescue Mix