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Frequently Asked Questions
How much sod can I fit in my vehicle?
Car: 100 sq ft
SUV : 150 sq ft - 200 sq ft
1/2 Ton Pick Up: 350 sq ft
Keep in mind that these are just estimates and the weight your vehicle can haul really depends on the condition of the vehicle. NEVER OVERLOAD YOUR VEHICLE! This not only can cause extreme damage to your vehicle, but can also be very dangerous to you and other drivers on the road.
How heavy is sod?
1 slab or 6 sq ft = 30 to 40 lbs
350 sq ft = 1500 to 2000 lbs
How long does sod last?
Sod is highly perishable. It should be installed and watered within 12 hours of harvest. This is why sod should be bought directly from a sod farm that harvests sod fresh for the customer.
How long does seed last?
Grass seed will normally last for 2 - 3 years before the rate of germination will start to decrease as long as you store the seed in a cool dry place.
What kind of sod does the best in a shady area?
Turf-type Fescue will do much better in a shady area than other types of grass. If the area where you have shade doesn't have any type of grasses or weeds growing there, then fescue probably won't grow well in that area either. You may have to try a shade tolerant ground cover instead of grass. For suggestions on which ground covers would tolerate your shady area, consult your local extension service.
What time of day should I water?
After installing your sod, it must be kept wet at all times for 2 weeks. This may require watering several times a day, depending on the weather. After establishment, it is better to water in the morning. Infrequent deep watering is more beneficial than frequent light watering. Water to keep grass blades from wilting. Over watering can be just as stressful on grass as under watering. It also wastes water and money.
Should I put fertilizer on top of my new sod or under it?
Starter fertilizer can be applied either under or on top of new installed sod. It is often easier to apply before the sod goes down so you can avoid walking on the new sod.
Does the sod have any kind of Guarantee?
Todd Valley Farms guarantees our sod to be healthy and free of weeds, disease and harmful pests at the time of delivery or installation. If given proper care, it will grow and thrive. If at anytime you have a concern about our sod, contact us immediately at 800-869-8544.
How big of an opening do I need in my gate for my sod to be delivered or installed?
Delivery Forklift Opening:
The forklift that unloads the sod from the delivery truck is 8 feet wide and needs an opening at least 8 1/2 feet wide to allow it to get through. If you do not have a gate opening that wide, the driver will unload the sod as close as possible to the area that needs the sod. The driver will not drive over sidewalks or existing grass unless they are given permission by the homeowner. If you would like the sod spotted in a certain spot at your jobsite, please specify it when you order the sod or let the driver know when he pulls up in the semi.
Installation Fence Opening:
In order for the installers to install sod with their laying machine, they need a gate opening of at least 52 inches. If your gate or opening in the fence is not 52 inches wide or wider, the sod will need to be hand carried into the yard and installed by hand. There are extra charges for hand carrying and installation. Please refer to our Sod Price List page for current pricing.
When is the best time to seed?
It is best to seed in the spring approximately between April 15th and May 15th or in the fall approximately between August 15th and September 30th. The weather is different each year which could effect these dates.
When is the best time to install sod?
It is best to install new sod in spring (April & May) or fall (September & October). Sod can be installed in the summer, but will require much more water and attention to ensure healthy survival. The weather is different each year which could effect these dates.
How long do I wait after new sod has been installed before using my yard?
Your new sod will root down in approximately 2 weeks, but it is best to wait at least 4 weeks before using your new lawn.