how long will sod last on a pallet

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ant, Sep 28, 2002.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    i am giving 170 sf of sod to a client so he can replace the lawn along his curb strip . i am getting it monday he can't do the work untill saturday. will it keep on the palett? if not what are some things he can do to preserve it?
  2. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Messages: 648

    That sod certainly isn't going to be fresh. Why give it to him so early?
  3. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    Have him lay the sod out, unrolled, in the driveway or somewhere and keep a sprinkler on it.
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Would probably help to know what kind of sod. Some types of grasses will survive much longer.
  5. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578

    Not sure about differant types of sod keeping longer but Monday to Saturday is to long. Depending on the weather sod can go bad in a day if left in the hot sun on a pallet.

    You will have to roll it out somewhere and keep it damp.
  6. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Since you too are in NJ, you do realize that the sod can NOT be watered unless there is NEW construction being done, right?.
    Secondly, it is supposed to be in mid 70's to 80 for most or all week. The sod may make it one night on the pallet, but not much longer!!
    If your client does want the sod, he should roll it out - perhaps not on concrete if it can be avoided, but it should be rolled out nonetheless. If it were winter, and the sod were dormant, it could go almost that long. The only sod we are doing at this time is for new construction. If it doesn't get watered, it will die - its still growing.

  7. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    Never leave bluegrass sod on the pallet for more than the day it's cut. If it's sitting in the sun, it is going to get cooked; rolled up and stacked the internal temps get high fast.

    But in the winter? Here's a funny one. About 15-20 years ago, a big operator picked up a truckload of sod one afternoon in Nov for a job the next day. Temps were cool enough that it wouldn't get hurt. But that night extremely frigid air came in, and sod froze on the truck. And that was the first day of a really cold winter. You guessed it, the sod never thawed until next spring. And as soon as it thawed, he took it out and successfully installed it on the jobsite.
  8. Mow&Snow

    Mow&Snow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 335

    More proof that it's better to be lucky than good.
  9. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    thanks guys for your replys...
    its b/g sod..and he is going to get it down he says..
  10. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    Every body is right, a week is too long.
    Here the lawn stores get new sod every two days. At the end of two days it can be pretty sorry looking sod. If they are selling a bunch of it they might be buying new every day.

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