Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to water new sod?

In the hotter summer months it is best to water twice a day once before 7am and then again between 1pm and 3pm. Avoid watering at night, watering at night leads to fungus and other problems including insects.

How many square feet in your pallets?

Our pallets are 400 sqft.

How much notice do you need for delivery?

To ensure the freshest sod we need at least 24-48 hours notice, on all orders of sod whether it is pick up or deliver.

When is the best time to install sod?

In Florida it is fine to install sod year round, but it is more preferential to install sod when you are in charge of watering. The majority of sod varieties love water, but not too much water or standing water. With that in mind, if you do not have a very good grade then try not to install new sod during the rainy season, as water will sit on your yard for too long and can cause root rot or fungus.

How do I care for my sod?

Taking care of sod is not the same everywhere. It varies depending on the type of soil in your yard and the condition of the ground. In Central Florida, as a rule of thumb, it is recommended that you water the sod adequately enough to help it root in and then water it thoroughly, but not too frequently. New sod must be watered twice a day: 1st thing in the morning and again between the hours of 12pm-3pm for the 1st 2-3 weeks, then as needed. HOWEVER, we recommend that you contact the department of agriculture extension services in your area and ask about your yard specifically as each yard is totally different than the next. To learn more, go to our Care and Maintenace section.

Which grass should I use?

Selection of the proper turfgrass variety for your situation is a somewhat subjective process. First, you must consider varieties that perform best in your local climate and soil type…there’s no sense trying to make a grass work in an environment that it wasn’t designed for. Second, you should look to varieties that combine the overall qualities that are most important to you; aesthetics, maintenance requirements, environmental aspects, etc. To learn more, go to our Products & Services page.

What kind of fertilizer do you recommend for Centipede Sod and when should I put it down?

A local lawn care store in your area might have some specific recommendations that they know work well with Centipede, but generically, we recommend a fertilizer in the spring with a 1-0-1 ratio (like a 15-0-15) and in the fall, a fertilizer with a 1-0-2 ratio (like an 8-0-16.) Again the numbers are Nitrogen – Phosphorus – Potassium. These are generic recommendations that are meant to work for a wide area, from California to Florida. Again, it’s always good to check with a local lawn care professional about specific fertilizers for Santee in your particular climate and soil conditions. We always recommend getting your soil tested every couple of years to know if you need any amendments. The health of the grass starts in the soil.

Do your grasses stay green year round?

All of our warm season varieties (St. Augustine, Zoysia, Bermuda) go into dormancy when soil temperatures drop below around 68 degrees. When this happens the leaf blades lose their pigment and turn brown as the grass goes into “hibernation”. When the soil warms back up above 68 degrees, the grass comes out of dormancy and greens up again. In most climates all warm season turf varieties will go dormant. If you want year round green grass, overseeding with rye grass seed in the early fall will do the trick. Just visit your local landscape supply and apply the seed with a spreader at the labeled rate. Rye grass is a cool season variety that dies off in the heat and stays green when it is cold.

Are any of your grasses resistant to pet urine?

No grass is immune to the effects of pet urine. Some varieties will recover from damage faster than others. There are supplements on the market now that can be added to your pet’s food to help neutralize the high pH levels in urine that can damage grass. However, we haven’t scientifically studied their effectiveness. From our experience, St. Augustine grasses have shown the best tolerance but are by no means completely immune.

What is the warranty on sod?

Due to the fact that sod is a perishable item at 1 STOP SOD & LANDSCAPING, INC. we guarantee the sod to be fresh and healthy at the time of pick up or delivery that is the only thing that we guarantee due to the fact that we are not responsible for installation and or maintenance of the sod. Therefore, the only thing that is within our power to control is the condition of the sod prior to customer taking delivery or picking up the sod. 

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