Need your .02

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Southern Lawns, Feb 15, 2002.

  1. Southern Lawns

    Southern Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 259

    Customer has approx 3700 Sf grass area in backyard 2500 Sf is either dead, dirt or weeds. They fixed the reason for it's current state (Irrigation and poor maintenance). They want to have sod put in. All the sod I have installed in the past three years of business have either been a fresh install or I cut out the bad area, treat, level and sod. They want me to cut a few corners and save a few bucks. they want me to treat existing area with non selective and wait a week and sod on top of old. Anyone ever done it. The soil to sod contact should be good since most of the area is sand/dirt anyway. Just never did it that way and wondered what you would do.
  2. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    im not to sure myself, but what some people do is say u do it my way or not at all. also u might want to request this to be moved over to landscape forum, those guys seem to know everything about sod lol :D
  3. slplow

    slplow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    You need to core it then at least put 1" of loam. If you just lay it down it will cost your cust double to fix it.
  4. landman

    landman LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 110

    If you use a non-selective you are going to have to wait about 8 to 12 weeks Non selective kills everything and leaves reidue in the ground. you have to let the chemical dissapate. Most of the time if you turn the soil add a layer and apply a basic pre-emergent you should be ok then just follow up with a regular chemical program after the sod is established. the sod should choke out any weeds until the grass is established.
  5. King City Lawns

    King City Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    I would not suggest cutting that corner. The existing grass will create a sub-layer in the lawn. To save a little you could till the lawn level it out and then be sure to roll it well before and after you lay the new sod. This will save a little labor with out jeopordizing the integrity of your new sod.
  6. slplow

    slplow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    If I read the post right(he sead that they put irrigation in). so I would not till it.( you could hit the lines) If I am wrong aboat the irrigation part, till it.
  7. King City Lawns

    King City Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    oops.. must have missed that first time around..... You could however mark all heads and lines then till.
  8. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    At least aerate it. Probably double aerate it to break up the ground some.

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