New sod issue... What to do???

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by gulfjoe, Jul 12, 2014.

  1. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Heres whats going on...
    I am the landscaper for my HOA. I cut the grass, trim the shrubs, plant flowers etc etc. We had an entrance that the builder abandoned us on and never laid any sod... It has looked like a desert for 2.5 years until this Thursday 7/10/14. I found a company that sub contracted another company to add on to the current irrigation, bring 3 dump trucks of top soil, and lay sod. Everything looked good until yesterday, it looks like some of the strips of sod is dying. the warranty does not cover any grass only irrigation. Do you think this sod will recover? what would you do? My name and company is not tied to this project in anyway, but it is my neighborhood and my wife is an HOA board member. The board had me find the company that was recommended by the former VP of the HOA, he gave me a fair price and I went with him. The HOA is going to come to me regardless and ask questions so i am trying to get out in front of this.

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  2. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm not sure how that sod got that bad in two/three days. Was it watered in when it was installed? I'd call the guy that installed it and ask lots of questions.
     
  3. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Some rolls were fresh, others were not. The sod supplier should reimburse the installer for labor to redo the job and product. That is my opinion
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  4. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Unless you can hirer a water truck to get to that sod yesterday you looking at a total loss very soon.
    Everything else leading up to the completed job was completely avoidable if there weren't so many chiefs calling the shots and being involved. I hope your able to recover from your sod disaster.
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  5. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Everything was watered they installed irrigation before sod and set timers and the they are running alot
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  6. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Per the installer... Irrigation is running at 0400 for 2 hours. Then I have it running for 30 min at 1400. Its wet..
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  7. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    How long ago was this sod installed?. When time of day is the irrigation taking place?. Was the soil tested after the new top soil was spread?.
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  8. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Was installed 7-10 and 7-11 irrigation running at 0400 for 2 hours and 1400 for 30 min per installer. No soil tests
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  9. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    I would say running the irrigation system at 4:00 AM is two early and running at 2:00 PM during the heat of the day may be turning what is left into steamed cabbage. In the future you want to water later in the AM to allow the balance of du to burn off with the morning sun. I would never water in the afternoon.
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  10. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't think it is soil because some strips are thriving and some failing
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