Throw & go sod "companies"

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by lawncuttinfoo, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have yet to see one of these guys use sod staples, whats up? Don't have to mow it so f the lawn company?

    To add to it they usually tell the homeowner to water it 4 times a day for the next 4 months, at which time the sod has still not rooted to the soil because of the saturation.

    Rant over.
  2. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Too much mythology about sod... to be sure...
  4. crazymike

    crazymike LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 452

    I don't use sod staples unless it's extreme slope and high traffic and I've never had a problem.

    Also, most home-owners will water it heavy for a few days and then get bored with it, forget. So you have to be dramatic about watering. You can tell them till your blue and the face you won't warranty it if it dies from lack of water, it still makes you look bad when it dies.

    IMO, when doing sod jobs it's the perfect opportunity to sell them a sprinkler system. In which case I can set the timer and go back in a few weeks to adjust accordingly.
  5. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    I'm with the others ,why do you need to staple the sod down?
  6. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,614

    you dont.........
  7. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,010

    The suction of a commercial mower deck pulls up sod that has not yet rooted. If the sod is cut to a smaller size than the original roll, it is not heavy enough to withstand the suction. (usually uncut sod too) I can not count how many 6"x6" pieces of sod are just thrown down, even a residential mower will eat these up.

    Additionally the increased ratio of border to inside sq inches means a lot more water loss (=shrinkage).
    Don't even get me started on how no one actually butts the sod up together properly either. Then not stapling compounds this problem.
    90% of installs I run across, the customer is asking me if moles are causing these straight lines in her lawn exactly 2 feet apart.
    I have actually lost customers because when I say it's because of improper installation, they figure a sod installer must know more than a lawn mower so it must be my fault. :laugh:
  8. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,120

    Sod less than two weeks old should not be mowed with anything but a push mower, period. If after two weeks if it has not rooted enough to not pull up there is a problem. Staples are not required if the sod is on a slope.
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  9. yardmanlee

    yardmanlee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 898

    we wait sometimes 3 weeks before mowing and check to make sure its rooted, never had a problem w/ sucking up sod. what is the height of you deck?
  10. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    I dunno its very simple to me. If there was sod installed I get my lazy arse off the mower and walk around on the sod and pull up on it...if it pulls up...its not rooted...I don't mow. Then I don't have to worry about sucking it up or whatever else you are complaining about.

    I dunno, but have you thought about raising your mower decks to help avoid scalping and "sucking up" the sod? You know the old saying...cut high cut often.

    wait a minute...just thought of something else...try speaking with your customer. If you normal service the account on say wednesday in the am have them (or if you aren't that lazy) adjust the sprinkler accordingly so its somewhat dry beforeyou service the lawn. Simple communication goes a long way, you should try it.

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