Install Turf - FAQs

Turf Installation - Frequently Asked Questions

Installing turf

Install the turf immediately upon delivery!  
Water within 30 minutes of installation!
Turf is a living plant that requires soil contact and moisture!

Turf Installation

During hot weather protect the unlaid turf by placing stacks in the shade.

Install turf along the longest straight line, such as a sidewalk or driveway.  Stagger end seams as in bricklaying, keep snug against 
each other but not overlapping .  Avoid gaps, overlaps or stretching the turf.  Use a sharp knife to trim.  Avoid leaving small strips 
at the outer edges as the turf will not retain moisture.  On the slopes, place the turf pieces across the slope using popsicle sticks to secure if necessary.

Roll the entire turf area after installation to improve soil/turf contact and remove air pockets.

To prevent indentations or air pockets, avoid repeated walking or kneeling on the turf while it is being installed or just after watering.

Watering New Turf

Water within 1/2 hour of installation. Water daily or more often, keeping the turf moist until it is firmly rooted (about 2 weeks). Then, less frequent and deeper watering should begin. Weather conditions dictate the amount and frequency of watering. Be certain that your new lawn has enough moisture to survive hot, dry, or windy periods. Water areas near buildings more often where reflected heat dries the turf.

Fertilizing New Turf

Apply a 16-16-16 starter fertilizer at the time of installation.

Mowing New Turf

Approximately 7 – 10 days from time of installation, mow 2 to 2 1/2 inches from the ground level with a sharp mower – never removing more than 1/3 of the blade at a time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q .  How long do I have to install the sod once it’s delivered?
A.  You should install the sod the same day it’s brought to you.  Sod is more 
perishable in summer when it’s hotter,  than in fall and winter when it’s cooler.

Q.  How thick is the Sod?
A.  The sod is about 1/2 inch thick.  Leave your grade about 1/2 inch below the sidewalks and borders.

Q.  Can I just drive into the farm and pick up Sod?
A.  No, we need time to harvest the Sod so it’s ready for you to pick up. Please give us 24 hours notice.

Q.  How much water should I give it?
A.  As soon as you install sod immediately give it one inch of water.  Do not let it dry out.   In the summer months sod is a 
very perishable commodity, it has no root system yet.  In winter and fall you might not need to irrigate at all here in the 
Pacific Northwest.

Q.  How come mushrooms have started to grow in my sod?
A.  This is only a temporary situation.   When you are applying a lot of water in summer and it’s really hot, you have created a mushroom factory. They will go away once you cut back on your watering.

Q.  Do you warranty your Sod?
A.  Yes we do, as long as the area has at least 50% sunlight, sod will work well for you.  We will give you replacement sod as 
long as you have followed the initial water requirements (the success rate for transplanted sod is very high).

Q.  Will you place the pallets around the site for me?
A.  Yes, we carry a forklift with us to transport the turf around the site for you, at no additional charge.

Q.  Should I put starter fertilizer down?
A. Yes, you should put 16-16-16 down on the soil before sod installation.

Q.  How long does it take to lay 500 sq. feet of sod?
A.  You should allow about 1.5 hours to lay every 500 sq. ft. of sod, depending on how far you have to pack it.

Q.  How heavy are the sod pieces?
A.  They are not very heavy, around 25 lbs per slab in summer.  In winter, when they are wetter, the weight goes up.

Q.  How many square  feet are in a slab?
A.  Lefeber Turf Farm is cutting 5 sq. ft. per slab (18″ x 40″), there are 100 slabs on a pallet for 500 sq. ft.

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