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By Dalton Quigley
Everyone wants a successful thick lawn like this image below of an established fescue grass area.

Thick Fescue Sod thick-fescue

Find your local Sod location here on the Nashville sod site, competitive prices on Fescue Sod, Bermuda Sod, and Zoysia Sod. Get your sod Delivered or Delivered and Installed.

Shapes of Sod

Square Pieces of Sod

Some of our Nashville sod comes as squares, sometimes as rolls, and on larger projects the rolls are so large they require a special machine to roll them out.

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Rolls of Sod

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When sod is purchased it comes with a thin layer of soil attached to the bottom of the grass. This layer of topsoil is not enough to sustain the grass for long periods. The ground where the sod is placed must be prepared before the sod can be planted. Your new sod will need the area mostly cleared of leaves and other grass plants before it is placed on the soil.

Hazards

If the area is not sufficiently prepared for sodding the new grass will not survive to make a lawn. When sod is harvested a blade travels horizontally across the roots to separate the grass from the ground, then the new fresh sod is either rolled into rolls or placed as squares on a pallet to be shipped. The sod lives only a few days in this condition, it will now need to be placed on soil that is ready for the new sod to get established on. Preparing the area for sodding is an extra cost separate from the sod cost when you call a sod supplier. Only if you are getting installation with your sod will you have to pay for preparation of the area. Please be sure to discuss whether and how your area is being prepared for sodding with your landscaper.

Nashville Sod Preparation

Someone must prepare the area for sodding and this is called sod prep for short. Sod prep can be done with a tiller, a harley rake, or with a trimmer machine by hand. The idea is to reveal as much of the topsoil area as possible for the new roots to grow into.

Nashville Sod Watering

Your new sod will need plenty of water during the hot months of year and at least 1″ per week during the mild and cold seasons. When temperatures are 90 degrees or higher your new sodded area and any turf area will need to be watered every day. On average Middle Tennessee meets the 1″ per week during the winter and so people turn off their irrigation systems to protect from freeze damage. When spring rolls around the systems are blown out and watering begins as soon as we are after the last frost. Over watering can make problems as well with your sod such as fungus or mold so be sure to water enough and allow the sod to dry in between waterings.

Weeds

Everyone is going to get weeds in the new sod. This is an unfortunate fact of life. A weed is defined as an unwanted plant so since many seeds are airborn or carried by birds or animals your new grass will get seeds in it. Also in every inch of topsoil there are dormant seeds waiting for the opportunity to grow so since your soil has been worked during preparation for sodding new seeds have been exposed to the right conditions for growing. They will grow in the new sod and weed control measures must be taken to keep them out if you are to have a pure yard of just one type of grass. There are many measures you can take to mitigate weeds so please take the time to talk to your lawn care professional about weed control.
Nashville Sod varieties we carry are Tall Fescue Sod, Bermuda Sod, and Zoysia Sod. We deliver and install whole palettes only. Our Nashville sod is very thick and healthy go to our Buy Sod page for a location to get sod delivered to your project.

When can I mow?

We recommend you wait about 30 days before putting any type of mower on the new turf area. In Nashville sod typically takes a few weeks to get attached to the dirt firm enough not to lift up and get chopped to bits by a mower. Mowers are designed to cause a lift of the grass so the metal blades will come into contact with the grass blades. This same lift is the enemy of newly establishing sod. We all want a tidy lawn but it is worth the wait to stay off of your newly planted grass during the first 30 days. When you do mow all Fescue grasses should be mowed at 4″ tall for health reasons for your new grass, Bermuda and Zoysia will allow you to mow them shorter.

Fertilizing

During the cold months make sure you get the proper fertilizer for winter months. High nitrogen products that would be used in Spring make your lawn green and lush but this is your enemy when there is freezing weather.
A high nitrogen product will make the leaves expand full of new fresh liquid and night time freezing temperatures can make these new full balloon like cells expand and explode as they freeze which will destroy your new sod. If you choose to fertilize during the winter use a very low nitrogen product. Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium are the three ingredients in your turf fertilizer. Phosphorus and Potassium are fine for healthy roots and stems, this could be beneficial for your new sod during the winter. Be sure to consult with a professional before putting any chemical fertilizers on new sod. After the last frost and during the growing season it is fine to use growing season fertilizers, be sure to water immediately after applying fertilizer during the growing season on your new sod.
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