Tips & Advice
If you’re looking for advice to ensure your sod reaches its full potential, then you’ve come to the right place. We have put together 13 information sheets to help our clients and customers get the most from their turf investment. These sheets answer many frequently asked questions that range from preparation and selection to maintenance and beyond.
Are you ready to begin installation of your new lawn? Before you begin, know what to expect by reading through our 6-step walkthrough.
Step 1: Prepare Your Site
Step 2: Measure
Step 3: Order
Step 4: Receive
Step 5: Install
Step 6: Monitor & Care
Step 7: Water, Mowing, & Growth Cycles
Whether you are a seasoned pro at installing sod or are considering it for the first time, Ideal Turf is here for you.
We are often asked when the best time to install sod is, and how late in the year we can harvest sod. Without a doubt, cool temperatures and increased moisture from rain greatly help in the transplantation of any plant. These conditions are especially true for turfgrass as it is “planted” on top of the ground where temperatures rise and moisture levels fall most rapidly. We typically see these ideal conditions (lower temps, higher moisture) early in the year and late in the year.
The only two environmental conditions that limit our ability to harvest are excessive rain and frozen soil. Sod can successfully be installed while in winter dormancy. Typically, though, when the ground finally freezes, conditions in the field will not be favorable again until the spring thaw.
No matter what time of year you choose, you must have some type of watering capability available. If you do not have an in-ground irrigation system on your property, we strongly advise you to install Ideal Turf sometime between January 1 and May 1 or October 1 thru December 31. This will ease the effort required to apply adequate water and takes better advantage of the grass’ natural ability to adapt.
Manually operated sprinklers – for example, the type you would hook a hose to – generally take longer to cover a given area than permanent irrigation systems. During warm dry periods of the year, such as June through September, it may prove challenging to supply enough water for the grass to survive. (You may notice a gap between May and June. This is to allow sod installed in May to develop new roots before the summer heat, therefore reducing the amount of irrigation water needed.)
Be certain you can provide the time and water needed to welcome the sod to its new home. The most common factor in the failure of sod installation is not monitoring water needs, especially in the first two weeks. Properly done, the sod should immediately begin putting new roots into the soil and will gradually become less dependent on irrigation.
Second, do not expect to use your newly sodded area in less than six weeks. You need to allow ample time for that “knitting” to occur in order for the sod to be firmly attached to the ground and able to extract nutrients for repair and regrowth.
Finally, once in a while we come across a situation that requires seeding vs. sodding. If you are contemplating sod, but are unsure of its application, please call and we will help you make the correct choice. Remember, we stress these points in an effort to ensure your success for our success.
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Wednesday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Saturday: By Appointment (AM Only)
Our office hours are limited from December through mid-March. Please call before coming to our office to make sure we are open.
8220 W. Farmington Rd.
Hanna City, IL 61536