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New SOD issues. Please Help

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by DAVERR, Oct 6, 2010.


    DAVERR LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I've layed SOD during the fall before and have never experienced this.

    I layed some SOD on Saturday and began immediately watering it per the distributors instructions. I noticed yesterday that my seems have began to brown / yellow a bit. Furthermore, these areas including some areas of the middle of rolls simply pull out as easy as a weed after a hard rain. I assumed it was overwatering, but I don't know. The SOD setting is moist and the top soil beneath is moist. I can see root growth, but am concerned about the easy areas of pull up. Most of the rest of the grass is set and appears to be fine.

    -Could this be from overwatering?
    -Can these areas recover with backing up on the watering?
  2. Kartanimal29

    Kartanimal29 LawnSite Member
    from Ct.
    Messages: 209

    Do you now how long the sod was sitting on the truck before you got it?

    DAVERR LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    It was delivered at about 11AM and we layed it between then and 330. I covered it while it was in the sun. Some of them were a little dry, but we drenched them pretty good following laying them. Not sure when it was cut. It was decently about 20 pounds per roll at the top of the pallet, but when you got to the bottom, they ran about 50 to 70 pounds. They were soaked on the bottom. As I think I stated, the SOD company reccomended cutting back on the water. These are few and far between spots. A vast majority of the rest appears to be setting nicely. I just don't know what the loose leaves is a sign of.

    Thanks for the reply. Any help is appreciated.
  4. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,642

    I had a similular experience.....give it a few days it should come around.
  5. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    It will be fine.
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  6. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    It will be fine but do yourself a favor and put some milorganite down, but you should be fine. It takes 10-14 days for roots to attach to the soil sometimes longer depending on the growing conditions.
  7. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,054

    Wouldn't a starter fertilizer help since the goal is have the sod roots attach to the ground. Root growth and strength is crucial. It should be watered on the truck ever so often right?? Did you inspect the sod for any insects and fungus? I guess just wait and see.
  8. Puttinggreens

    Puttinggreens LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from southeast PA
    Messages: 399

    What king of sod? Bluegrass?

    What are the day and night time temps?
  9. Skimastr105

    Skimastr105 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 293

    milorganite can do wonders. i suspect it will pull through on it's own though.
  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,359

    Use the milorganite, it will green back quick and at least keep customer from yipping.
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