Prep for sod

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by RigglePLC, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    The underlying turf was not poor--just a bit thin due to shade.
     
  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Did you put in a shade tolerant type in it's place?
     
  3. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Shade isnt the problem did you add any fert to the spade soil or a slow release to top of the sod
    The area I did was all shade and like I said you couldnt pull it up in 2 weeks thinking its been 3.5 weeks since laid it I mowed it 3 times all 3 times I cut 3inches off it
    Section thats out in the Sun all day and only mowed it once but I didcut about 4-5 inchesoff of it
    All sod areas has spinkler system
     
  4. mjlcare2

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    incorrect.. the correct way would be to use a sod cutter and cut out the old sod..that way your not tilling your weed seeds/ problem grass back down into the soil..
     
  5. RigglePLC

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    Finally, the new sod is tacking down. Mowed about 4 times. Irrigated, but temps were hot. The part laid on top of healthy grass looks fine. The part laid on top of tilled soil--looks fine. The part laid on top of Razorburn-treated grass looks almost fine. It is now almost level--three areas about even. Fertilized overall about 4 weeks ago. 50 percent slow release.
    Slightly weak, probably due to partial shade.
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2012
  6. Snyder's Lawn Inc

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    but that will lower soil grade and you need more soil and you have higher cost adding soil and alot of labor cutting old sod and removing it
    I have done it that way in small very small lawns
     
  7. Smallaxe

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    Actually it is a success to keep that sod alive during this intense heat of the season, this year... that bit of shade may have been helpful... one problem with getting sod through the heat is that the additional water tends to get every weed seed to germinate as ant pre-m is quickly washed away...
    How does the sod look in terms of weeds sprouting???
     
  8. mjlcare2

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    Why do you need more soil.. if you know what you are doing you can cut out the same amount of dirt as what comes with the new sod, unless you have found dirt-less new sod, it comes with about an inch of soil.. labor costs would probably be less.. You can cut sod out as fast as you can push mow a lawn. removal.. use the proper tools and its a piece of cake.. I'm in Florida and everything is different in here so maybe tilling works for you.. won't cut it here.
     
  9. RigglePLC

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    No weeds in new sod...but... area was almost weed free when I started. I love to spray weeds--so seldom have any in my own small yard.
     

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