Bad sod out of the Glades

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by jvanvliet, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Took delivery of seven pallets of Floratam. About 25% of the sod was infested with fungus. I saved the turf and brought it back to the nursery. They told me they couldn't take it back.

    Had to eat the cost of replacing the bad turf and having the rest treated... guess I'm not doing business there anymore, but just out of curiosity; has anybody received bad sod recently? I mean I've gotten it with a couple of grubs, but... WTF? :realmad:
  2. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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    I've gotten bad stuff from time to time. But never had anyone say they would not take it back. If you are dealing with a nursery or broker, you never know where it's coming from. One time it may look like carpet, the next it looks like it was submerged in water for days. About the biggest aggrevation this year was 3 pallets of Seville. Hidden in the middle of every pallet was piles of scraps. Wasted hours taking it back and getting more. Haven't dealt with that place since.
  3. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    Where was this??? It seems its pretty common practice to have a pile of fungus when you buy sod here.
  4. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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    LOL, a place you would probably know about. On 441, near Lee Road.
  5. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Do they take it back?
  6. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yo Guys

    Fungus on sod is going to be fairly common this time of year. We are in the perfect temperature range. The longer it sits on the pallet the more likely you are to have to treat for it. Learn to deal with it if you are going to call yourself a professional.

  7. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Also it has been my experience that glades sod = muck sod and muck sod is much more likely to have outbreak of BP . Not sure if that is accurate and true for all but I can tell you that it has been my experience.
  8. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    I know I'll have issues with some of the sod off a pallet, whether it's grubs, weeds or fungus; that's normal and I deal with it. I've never received sod so heavily infested, and then not to swap it out? That's really my issue, I've been dealing with this guy for seven years.

    When I buy turf, I buy it there even if it's $5.00 cheaper down the road. He's got my credit card on file, I call him, he gets paid on the spot, he ships. I've trusted him, I've been a loyal and good customer and then to stick it to me on a bad load of sod? That ain't right.

    I can imagine he got stuck with a boat load himself (that's not my problem) and so, like a turd, it rolls down hill to me. If I stuck my customer with the sod, they'd be on me like the stink on the turd that rolled down hill and hit me.

    I suppose I could blame it on the squirt guys for not treating it properly, but that ain't right either... is it?

    I've dealt with it like a professional, I did the right thing for my client and now I'm venting...:realmad:
  9. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would say the majority of sod I have seen installed in the last 4-5 months has been riddled with fungus. We don't lay sod after may just for this reason. Not even worth it to have to deal with crappy sod, or having to have it treated right away.
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  10. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    You're right. But after a summer like this, lot's of clients and HO's (not ghetto slang :laugh:) want to renovate their lawns and I need to keep men working. I know I'm going to have some problems and attrition this time of year.

    I guess the degree all depends on who and where they get their turf from. Some of it comes with insects, weeds and pathogens pre-installed, no assembly necesary :D

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