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  • Sod Prep & Installation

    Fresh Cut Sod Locally Grown   All of the sod at Kelch Turf & Landscaping is cut to order ensuring that our customers get it fresh. Each of our sod rolls measure 2′ x5′ = 10 sq. ft. Each full pallet contains 60 rolls or 600 sq ft. Our sodding services include delivery, installation and pick up is available. Our prices will vary depending on quantity and for a location of the delivery site. Sod is grass that has already been planted by seed on a farm and then harvested by slicing a very thin layer of topsoil and then either rolled or stacked and sent directly to the installation site. It should be installed as soon as possible. If you must hold the sod a few days before installing, store it in a single layer in a shaded spot. Moisten it often so it doesn’t dry out. Preparing for sod installation and maintenance  The area to be sodded should be prepped by breaking up and loosening the soil. Using a rake, level the area and remove all debris. Note: To allow for the thickness of the sod, soil level should be 3/4″ below curbs, walks, and drives. Regardless of the time of year you plant the sod, spread a complete fertilizer over the soil at the rate of application recommended by the fertilizer manufacturer for spring and fall feeding before installing sod. Using a rake, work the fertilizer into the soil. A complete fertilizer contains the three important grass food elements, nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium (potash). Fertilizers lacking any of these elements are not complete. Read the analysis on the package before purchasing. For example, 10-10-10 and 10-6-4 are complete fertilizers. Should the weather be exceptionally hot and the soil dry, it is wise to moisten the soil slightly before laying the sod. When laying the sod, make sure that all edges are butted firmly together and the corners are flush. Overlapping edges will cause uneven turf and make rooting difficult. When the sod is laid, it may appear to have different colors. You shouldn’t be alarmed at this as the color will vary slightly because of how the sod was stacked and stored prior to installation. In a few days of regular watering, the color should even out. Start watering IMMEDIATELY after the sod is laid. For the first 7 — 10 days, keep a close eye on your turf. Give it just enough water to keep it from drying out. After that, apply an inch of water every 7 — 10 days.To measure a 1″ of water coming from a sprinkler, place a coffee can on the lawn in the midst of the sprinkler. A good watering once per week is usually better for your lawn than light daily watering. Once your lawn is established it is generally better to water in the morning hours. By about the 10th day, allow the sod to dry out enough to mow it. Make sure your mower is in good mechanical condition with a sharp blade. Set your mower on the highest setting and mow the lawn very carefully. The frequency […]

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