Frequently Asked Questions
At The Sod Guy, we realize that everyone has questions when it comes
to purchasing sod. We have provided answers below to the questions that we are most often asked.
The Sod Guy is dedicated to providing the best customer service and providing the knowledge and know how we have gained during our many years in the sod industry.
We have over a quarter century of experience in the landscaping business so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions.
When can I install sod?
You can install a sod lawn anytime during the year when the ground can be tilled and irrigated. There is no need to wait for a certain season to put in a new lawn.
Is installing sod better than seeding?
Yes, sod takes less work than seeding and requires less water. Most seeded yards will need re-seeding or over-seeding when seeds do not germinate. Birds, soil erosion and wind will take their toll on seed as well making the job very frustrating. A seeded lawn requires months of nurturing and additional water before it is established and useable. A sod lawn will be ready for use within a few weeks and will be green and attractive almost immediately after installation since it is already mature grass.
What if I have existing, unwanted or dead grass?
Remove all old grass by either renting a sod cutter or by hand using a shovel. Once you are down to dirt prepare your soil as suggested (link) soil preparation.
Can I just rototill the dead lawn into the dirt?
This is not advised for several reasons. The tiller will have a hard time breaking down the existing root system leaving you with very clumpy ground to work with. The existing roots can also re-grow and create areas of unwanted grass in the new lawn. If you choose to go this route be sure to spend the time necessary to rake out all the large clumps and remove as much of the root material as possible, make the ground as smooth as possible. Remember, the better your soil preparation is the better your new sod will look.
What kind of sod do you sell?
We sell a Kentucky Bluegrass specially formulated for the Rocky Mountain Region. It is blended with the following seeds:Midnight, Moonlight, Diva and SR2284. The combination of seeds allows the sod to adapt and thrive in our unique climate.
What is the best type of sod for my lawn?
A majority of the turf grass grown in Colorado is Kentucky Bluegrass. It is the most durable grass for areas of high use such as sports fields and lawns where kids and dogs play. It has the longest green cycle, typically from March through October.
I have dogs, will the sod be OK?
Dogs are very tough on lawns, especially large breeds. While Bluegrass is the most durable turfgrass it is by no means dog-proof. Be sure to keep the dogs off of the new sod for as long as possible after installation, at least a few weeks. After a few weeks the grass will be able to survive the abuse as well as any established lawn could however active dogs and a beautiful lawn rarely go together.
What size are your pieces of sod?
Each roll of sod is 2 feet wide by 5 feet long, totaling 10 square feet per roll. Sod rolls weigh anywhere from 30 to 40 pounds each.
How much sod is on a pallet?
We stack 64 rolls on a full pallet, which equates to 640 square feet. You do not need to purchase full pallets, we will gladly re-stack them to fit your order.
What is the best way to cut the rolls of sod?
Cut with a sharp, straight edge knife from the dirt side of the roll to insure a snug fit. Knives are available for $10.00. Small gaps are okay and you will have some, no need to be concerned as they will grow together.
How far in advance do I need to place my order?
Please place your order 2 days in advance, when possible we will accommodate orders on shorter notice but we cannot guarantee the availability without 2 days notice.
Can we pick up our sod?
Orders can be picked up at our location however you will still need to place the order 2 days in advance so that we can cut the sod for you. Please remember that sod is very heavy and a full pallet weighs over 1 ton. Unless you have a heavy duty truck and trailer you will not be able to pick up more than 1 pallet at a time. We do not charge a fee for pick-ups but, you may be responsible for loading your own order.
Can you deliver the sod to my backyard?
We deliver the pallets using a truck carried forklift. If your yard is fenced, you usually need to take a section of the fence out. We need nearly 8 feet in width clearance. We cannot carry a pallet down very steep grade and we cannot go down any steps. We cannot drive the forklift over soft or muddy surfaces either. At the discretion of the delivery driver we will set the pallets where requested if the area is accessible.
What is the process for returning pallets?
You can bring the pallets back to our location at any time during normal business hours and we will issue a refund. If you cannot come during regular business hours please call ahead to make arrangements. We cannot exchange our pallets for others because the pallets we use are a specific size for use with the harvesting equipment.
When should I begin mowing, aerating, and fertilizing my new lawn?
The 1st mowing should occur 10 to 14 days following installation during the growing season. It is necessary to stop watering for a period of time to allow the grass to dry and the ground to firm up enough for it to be mowed. It may also be necessary to mow your sod twice on the first mowing. You do not ever want to mow more than the top 3rd of the blade at one time. So if is very long, raise the blade on the mower for the first pass, then lower the blade (no shorter that 3 inches) and mow again. Do not wait too long before mowing, if the grass is too long the blades will begin to lean over and choke out the grass beneath.
If a proper soil preparation was done you will not need to aerate for at least a full year. If the ground was not tilled prior to installation you will want to aerate the following spring.
The 1st fertilizing should be no sooner than six weeks after the installation and every 6 to 8 weeks after throughout the growing season.
When can I walk on new sod?
It is best to keep the activity to a minimum for the first month and try to eliminate all traffic until after the first mowing. During the first few weeks you will be watering frequently which is keeping your soil very wet. Every step you take creates a bit of an indent. If you want your lawn to have a level smooth look to it, keep everyone off of it until you are down to a normal watering routine.
Do I need a permit to install sod?
Certain cities do require permits either to install sod or to be able to water newly installed sod during times of water restrictions. It is always best to check with your city or water provider to see if these are needed in your situation. The Cities of Aurora and Castle Rock require permits for sod installations. Please click on the appropriate link below for information if you are located in one of those cities.