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?

Is installing sod better than seeding?

What if I have existing, unwanted or dead grass?

Can I just rototill the dead lawn into the dirt?

What kind of sod do you sell?

What is the best type of sod for my lawn?

I have dogs, will the sod be OK?

What size are your pieces of sod?

How much sod is on a pallet?

What is the best way to cut the rolls of sod?

How far in advance do I need to place my order?

Can we pick up our sod?

Can you deliver the sod to my backyard?

What is the process for returning pallets?

When should I begin mowing, aerating, and fertilizing my new lawn?

When can I walk on new sod?

Do I need to get a permit to install sod?

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 here.

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 custom hybrid blend that is specially formulated for the Rocky Mountain Region.  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 a hybrid blend. 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 60 rolls on a full pallet, which equates to 600 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.