August 13, 2020

where to buy sod

In this post, I’m going to show you not only where to buy sod, but what you should be looking for to make sure you’re not getting ripped off!

When it comes to making sure that your yard looks its best it would entail keeping away weeds and maintaining grass to keep it looking vigorous. You must get additional grass of the same variety to what you have existing in your lawn. Now, what if you don’t know exactly the kind of grass you have?

Don’t worry, all you have to do is make a little research on what type of grass usually and naturally grows in your region.

I’ve also fast-tracked that for you with this blog post:  The Best Types of Grass for Your Lawn

Take note of your climate, availability of sunlight, and whether your grass is of the warm or cold season variety. Once you get an idea of what they are, then you can narrow down your choices.

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And here is what you need to look for when buying sod:

  • Good strong roots that don’t easily break or tear.
  • 2-inch deep green blades that look uniform in appearance.
  • They are in `rolls that look lush with no thatch and no withered patches.
  • The grass lays on a bed of at least 1 inch of rich, moist soil.

Stacks of Sod

Assuming that you’ve already found out what you need to be looking for when buying sod, you can also bring with you a sample of a small piece of your lawn for technicians and sales associates to look at.

They too will likely be able to accurately identify what to offer you from their supply on hand.

Sod rolls usually come in sizes of 2ft. up to 10 ft. long, and 2 ft. wide.

Here is what you need to look for when buying sod:

  • Good strong roots that don’t easily break or tear.
  • 2-inch deep green blades that look uniform in appearance.
  • They are in rolls that look lush with no thatch and no withered patches.
  • The grass lays on a bed of at least 1 inch of rich, moist soil.

Where to Buy Sod: (in no particular order)

Garden Centers

Just in case you might just need to fill in some spaces in your lawn, a garden center is the best place to go since they usually sell at 18×12 inches or sometimes 24×12 inches at 1 dollar apiece. (prices may vary). An indicator of a good garden center is its knowledgeability and its readiness to answer your questions.

Moreover, if you are looking to replace a large portion of your lawn or maybe the whole thing, you can go ahead and order 1 pallet of sod which usually weighs at 1 ton. It’s ok to buy per square foot too since buying in bulk is better as it costs cheaper per square foot.

In addition to that, you will want to ask if there are any charges for pallets, delivery and if they have a forklift available as well.

Nurseries

Nurseries are often located in garden centers and can also be display centers of farms. You can pick out any variety of grass fresh off the display and is usually on a first-come-first-served basis. So, if you are already a regular buyer of sod and pretty much know what you are looking for, the nursery is a good place to find sod at cheaper prices whether in retail or wholesale. You can go ahead load your truck with fresh sod that is available for the day.

Big Box Stores

Home Depot, Lowes, and Walmart are just a few examples of big box stores. They are large retail establishments that are usually part of a national chain of stores. Among all the other regular merchandise they sell are various garden supplies including sod.

You can buy sod from them per piece with a retail price which is generally considered reasonable, considering the convenience they provide.

Buying Sod Online

Nowadays, it is already commonplace to try to find any merchandise online and have them delivered directly to your house.

Of course, before clicking that button to buy sod purchase preparations have to be made. You’ll have to make sure that your ground is ready so that there will be no delay once your order arrives.

First, you will have to know exactly the kind of grass that you are buying. A mistake could cost you and the seller yours and his time, and some inconvenience too. Just in case the product that came is not the one that you need and you’d have to return it if they do accept any kind return. Save yourself the trouble, make sure to research and specify the kind of grass that you need.

Next, it will be wise to know exactly how much you need as well as check your budget. When you have it already figured out, you can now buy it accordingly.

There are available area calculators on nursery websites that can give you a direct quote.

It’ll say how much you will have to pay for the amount of sod that you would like to buy. Choose to use the calculator on the same exact website where you will be making your purchase.

Buying online will not only save you money but will also give you the chance to choose from the farm that can produce some of the best sods and even deliver the quickest.

Buying Direct from the Sod Farm

If you run a commercial complex like a sports field or maybe a golf course, you would have to procure sod directly from a large scale farm. You will have to do a single purchase carried overtime to complete the installation process.

Just like an extended purchase on one delivery cycle, sod straight from the farm is available in small and big rolls, depending on the need.

A big sod roll can measure at 4 ft wide and 333 ft. long.

These are rolls that are usually harvested by using a tube and wrapped in a net.

The net is removed once it is installed.

The purpose of this is to hold the sod together and not fall apart when being transported or installed.By the way, the farm usually charges for the use of the pallet, the tubes as well.

Things to Consider Before Making a Purchase:

  • Check if your yard has good exposure to sunlight all day, every day.
  • Availability of water
  • Possible foot or vehicle traffic
  • The climate in your area
  • Type of soil, sandy, clay, or maybe a combination of both.

It is important to note that some grasses look good and thrive well, but generally they could not survive heavy foot traffic from kids or even as part of a driveway. If you have soil that is more of clay, you would need to have grass that is hardy and vigorous even on wet soil.

Sandy lawns will do well with grass that has deep roots and can survive droughts.

Again, it is important to always match the kind of grass with its environment. This is to make sure of survivability and vigor even when the seasons change.

Preparations that You Can Do Before Your Sod Arrives

Your sod grower/framer will always advise you to install the sod on the day it was delivered since it is harvested from the nursery or farm on the same day too.

You would want to make sure that the land is already prepared prior to the delivery date. You can also adjust your order date according to whenever you feel you are ready to install it.

Step 1: Cut Your Existing Grass

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For a partial grass replacement, you can cut your healthy grass using the lowest settings on your mower. Get rid of any large or small rocks and other debris that may be lying around.

Step 2: Till Your Soil

Prepare the soil by tilling it as deep as 6 inches. Rake it a few times to level the ground.

Step 3: Amend your Soil

Add a starter fertilizer that will help your grass grow long roots. After applying fertilizer and other amendments, use a rake to till and work the fertilizer into the soil.

Step 4: Install the Sod

Laying Out Sod

For a DETAILED Step-by-Step plan for laying sod yourself, check out my blog post: How to Lay Sod in 5 Easy Steps! (Yes, Really)

The recommended install period is within 8 hours of harvest from the farm.

Sod can spoil if not installed within 24 hours from harvest. Do not install if the ground is frozen. If the weather is warm enough install sod over the newly prepared ground and avoid walking on it.

You should stagger the strip in a way that their shorter ends join next to the middle of the strips on each side, similar to the brick wall pattern.

Sod Yard Pattern
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By doing this, you’ll avoid long seams that can channel the water making the seams break apart. And, honestly, longer seams don’t look so good.

If you are left with some smaller sod pieces, place them somewhere in the middle, as putting them next to the edges will cause them to dry out and die.

Using a sharp knife or spade, adjust the shape of sod next to the trees, flower beds, sprinklers, and similar features.

Sod Pattern
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Treading on newly installed sod will cause it to be uneven and dislocated, thus creating uneven growth which can be seen even when the grass has already grown.

Step 5: Water Sod Regularly

After installing and doing the necessary amendments to the soil don’t forget to water your lawn on the schedule recommended below:• 3x a day on the 1st week• 2x a day on the 2nd week• Once a day on the 3rd week

DIY vs. Hire a Sod Installer

Doing it yourself has its benefits and downsides. But this is exactly the reason why you have a property that has a lawn in it.

Your yard is something that you will take care of and eventually enjoy the fruits of your labor with.

Nothing can be more satisfying than seeing vigor turn your lawn into a lush and beautiful part of your property. Yes, your property which is handled by no one else, other than you, the owner.

On the other hand, you can also enjoy your lawn with the help of an expert technician/installer, by paying for it.

Instead of putting up the time and money investment, some would say it is even cheaper to pay an expert to do it for you.

Others would say it’s the result that counts and that alone can make it all worthwhile.

Either way, taking care of your lawn will depend on your capacity to do it, and your interest in reinvigorating your yard. DIY or not, it will definitely feel like it is a great investment. Enjoy!

By the way, if you’re still looking for a new Lawn Mower, or Lawn Mower Reviews, we have several buyers guides on this website dedicated to helping you with that decision, so have a look around!

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