At Quality Turf Sod Farms, we grow two varieties of turfgrass sod. Our Quality Plus sod, a dwarf fescue and Kentucky bluegrass hybrid mix that is specially formulated for hot dry climates like the Inland Empire of Southern California. Our second variety is Quality St. Augustine. It’s a premium variety of St. Augustine called Raleigh. St Augustine grass makes a beautiful light green to dark green turf. It forms a dense turf that grows well in most soils throughout Southern California. It is used along the coastal ranges because of its good salt tolerance.
St Augustine also has good shade tolerance. Great shade tolerance is one of the reasons it is preferred over bermuda grass. Bermuda grass has very poor shade tolerance. St Augustine grass will go dormant when the soil temperatures fall below 55 degrees. If the soil remains warmer than 60 degrees all year, the grass will stay green. It will, however, slow in growth as the soil drops in temperature.
Sod is essentially a sheet of pre-grown grass that, when planted in your yard, immediately covers the dirt with pristine lawn. Fortunately, measuring your lawn for sod is a very easy process that only requires a few basic calculations. Sod is typically sold by the square foot and therefore, you must calculate how many square feet of lawn you have to cover. We have a great instruction guide on the best ways to measure the area where you would like to lay the sod. Please go to GUIDES in the website menu and select MEASUREMENT GUIDE or click on the link here.
We recommend that you start preparing the soil at least two days in advance. Be sure to water thoroughly the night before the installation to allow the water time to absorb into the soil. Till the existing soil to a minimum depth of at least 2 inches before adding any topsoil or soil amendments. Add topsoil, if necessary, to achieve a total topsoil depth of 4-6 inches. Lightly tamp or roll the topsoil to settle the surface and create an ideal surface for installing the sod.
Check out our installation guide for a helpful how-to of the entire process.
Install day of delivery! Same-day installation of your sod is imperative to the success of establishment. Sod is a living plant that requires immediate water, nutrients, and air to live and establish itself. A lot of water is essential for the first few weeks. For more details on watering instructions, download our watering guidelines here.
Never cover your sod with any type of material. Have your sod delivered when you are ready to install. If it is going to rain on your anticipated delivery date and you cannot install it that day, give us a call and we can reschedule the delivery.
There is no limitation on when you must install your sod, but some types of grasses do better when installed at a certain point during the year. Talk to us about our products and we can make a recommendation based on your needs.
Avoid walking on the grass for at least four weeks after the sod has been installed.
Wait for at least a month before using any fertilizer on the grass. We recommend 15-15-15 in the spring and summer, and 21-7-14 in the fall and winter. Be sure to follow the package directions and water thoroughly after each treatment. Do not use ammonium sulfate.
You can begin mowing after the sod has been down for at least 8 to 12 days, and we recommend waiting two to four weeks. If the grass gets pretty long in that time, use two passes to cut it by raising the mower blade. This will decrease the shock on the grass when it is cut.
The short answer is no, as the seasons change, your watering habits should too. Find out more using our seasonal lawn maintenance guide.
We recommend watering new lawns for 15 to 20 minutes three times a day. For the first two weeks, water at 6:00 a.m., 10 a.m., and 2 p.m. Never water your lawn at night. Watering at night will encourage fungus growth.
Never remove more than 1/3 of the blade length in each pass. Taking off too much can “shock” the grass and make it look and feel unhealthy.