Fall is a great time to establish a new lawn. Installing new sod in Folsom or anywhere in the Sacramento area is easy because Green Acres is now right in your own backyard. During the fall, temperatures are cool and the soil temps are still warm which will help establish strong roots. Light fall rains can also aid in the success of newly established turf. For any time of year we recommend Delta Bluegrass' Peat Grown Bolero Plus Dwarf Fescue or 90/10 Tall Fescue.
Bolero Plus Dwarf Fescue is a great sod in Folsom and the Sacramento area because it rates high for heat tolerance, drought tolerance and disease resistance. 90/10 Tall Fescue has similiar propterties to the Bolero Plus, but it has even increased wear recovery, meaning it stands up better to high traffic areas. Do you have kids constantly playing out in the yard? Then the 90/10 Tall Fescue might be the perfect choice.
Don't forget that new sod is perishable, so immediate installation is essential to start a healthy lawn. A light watering of the ground before installation is recommended, since dry soil acts like a wick and removes the moisture from the sod. Cooler ground temperatures will help prevent the roots from shock. Also remember to use fertilizer on the soil before installation. A Green Acres staff member can recommend several options. For a full installation guide please visit one of our stores in Roseville, Sacramento or Folsom.
FIRST TWO WEEKS
Please stay off new sod until after the first mowing.
Proper watering of sod is essential for root establishment. The day of installation, enough water should be applied to penetrate the sod and two inches of native soil.
From day two on, keep your sod and soil moist throughout the day. The roots are short so the sod cannot withstand large amounts of water at a single time. Other than the first day, the ground under the sod should never be soggy. Usually watering four to six times during the day, for approximately five to six minutes each time, is required until the roots have been established. Root establishment will usually begin within seven to fourteen days depending on the time of year your sod is installed and your environment.
Too much water will rob the roots of oxygen and in warmer weather that possibly can lead to disease. The length of each watering cycle will depend on your soil type and the output of your irrigation system. A clay type soil may need five minutes, four times a day compared to a sandy loam which may need seven minutes, five times a day. You have to judge the minutes given, but here is a tip: If the water is standing under the sod for more than just a few minutes after an irrigation set has finished or if the soil is soggy, you are probably giving the sod too much water at one time.
Avoid, if at all possible, watering into the evening hours (after five-thirty or six pm); this is one of the fastest ways to create a fungus problem.
Start reducing the frequency of watering cycles just before the first mowing. This will firm up the soil for a healthy mowing cycle.
The first mowing should be approximately 14 days after the sod has been installed. In the winter you may need to wait longer for the roots to establish prior to mowing.
Never mow off more than 1/3 of the blade during a mowing cycle. This results in less stress for the plant.
Green Acres gets fresh deliveries of sod in Folsom and our other locations from Monday-Saturday. If you are planning a project we highly recommend pre-orders. We can also arrange Free Home Delivery on orders of at least 1,000 sq./ft. with at least a 2 day lead time. Click below to visit our website to contact us.