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Sod pallet life

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by mwhite125, Mar 27, 2005.

  1. mwhite125

    mwhite125 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Im working on a 3600 sq.ft. backyard, I got 4 pallets of empire zoysia, saturday mornng but it poured for 10 hours straight that same day, Im wondering how long will the semi-dormant sod be good on the pallet, or should I get my men to lay it anyways and then come back and roll the yard a couple of times, any suggestions,thanks in advance..
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,460

    When it is a cool as it is now it will be okay for several days, especially if the sod is dormant. Wet it down to keep the top from drying out and if you have a reflective tarp cover it up.
  3. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,009

    Zoysia is already out of its dormant stage.It's already greening up.If nothing else,unload the sod so that all pieces can take advantage of the rain.Have the customer water it and keep it moist if the rain has stopped.On the pallet,only the top few layers will actually receive the moisture.Best to be safe than sorry,especially with the price of zoysia being what it is.Just can't tell what the weather will bring this week.
  4. mwhite125

    mwhite125 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Thanks for the advice, yea the weather lady said "hit and miss showers" not pouring rain for a solid day, but what can you do...It has stopped raining, I guess we will work on it tommorow, but it'll still be a muddy mess, it would be alright to roll it a few day later right, hopefully by then the sod wont sink 8 inches when you step on it!! Thanks again and other info would be greatly appreciated.
  5. lawnlubber

    lawnlubber LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    Check the middle of the pallet to be sure it hasn't started to heat(compost)
  6. mwhite125

    mwhite125 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Well I happened to be in the area and checked the middle, and it is a little warm, so hopefully it'll last one or 2 more days. Do yall think since we've been laying it on water soaked soil it will just rot or not?? Thanks again everyone, happy cutting..
  7. lawnlubber

    lawnlubber LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    All the nitrogen in the green grass is causing it to decompose faster. You need to spread it out. Even if you don't lay it yet just unrolling the sod and laying it out will make it last longer.

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