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Frequently Asked Questions

We hope to help answer your questions in our FAQ's

How many square feet are on a pallet?
Each farm is different please contact local office for this information.
General rule:  Albuquerque: 400 sq. ft.  El Paso: 500 sq ft  Denver: 540 sq ft

What is the charge for pallets?
$10 per pallet. Divide the total sq. ft. of the order by  pallet size at local farm (see above) to get the number of pallets (rounding up to the next whole number) and then multiply by $10.
 
How much does a pallet weigh?
One pallet weighs approximately one ton. Weights very with moisture levels a pallet can weigh as much as 2800 lbs
Can I come pick up sod during business hours?
Yes, you can pick up an order at our farm, but as we cut everything fresh to order we ask that you give at least one days notice. Unlike Garden Centers, we do not have pre-cut sod available. Please note that there may not be anyone available to help load the sod, and as our farms are located in rural areas the drive may be substantial, especially with the weight of pallets. Also all loads must be strapped before leaving the farm.
What are standard delivery practices?
Once the order has been placed the farm will cut the sod the afternoon before it is to be delivered. Once the driving route is confirmed, usually that same afternoon, you will be notified of an approximate delivery time. We do try to work with the schedules of contractors, but always aim for the most cost efficient route possible. The following morning is when the trucks will leave the farm for the days deliveries. Once they arrive at the drop off location the drivers will place the pallets wherever the order specified or the best possible location.
What varieties of grass do you sell?
Gardner carries a wide range of varieties specific to the location it will be laid. Please see the product spec sheets included, at Gardnerturf.com, or call customer service for further assistance.
How much seed/ stolens do I need?

To overseed/transition an existing lawn, you will need 1 lb. of seed per 1,000 sq. ft. For an entirely new lawn, you will need 3 lbs. of seed per 1,000 sq ft. For stolens, a general rule is 3 bushels per 1000 sq ft.

How long will it take for seeds to germinate?
Typically it will take Kentucky Bluegrasses 10-21 days, Fescue (Tall and Fine) about 7-10 days, Rye (Perennial, Intermediate, and Annual) 5-10 days, Reveille takes 10-30 days (quicker in warm weather much slower in cool), and Bermuda (Common and Improved) 5-10 days.
How much compost do I need to apply after seeding?
1 cubic yard per 1,000 sq. ft. Any organic compost at a local nursery or home store will work fine. We also recommend a slow release fertilizer with sulfer and poly coated fertilizer with iron to spoon feed any new grass.

How long after seeding should I wait to fertilize?
You should fertilize after the first mowing of your new sod, using a slow release fertilizer (a sulfer and poly coated plus iron fertilizer) to spoon feed the grass.  

Do you offer aerating or seed dropping services?
No, we just sell the seed. We do, however, offer recommendations depending on your location.

What soil preparation do you recommend for optimum results?
Work the soil 4 to 6 inches deep with a rototiller. Add 3 to 5 yards (per 1,000 sq. feet) of organic soil amendment. Level and smooth the soil with a rake, working out lumps, bumps and dips. Lightly rake a balanced fertilizer high in phosphorous and potassium into the soil (ask your sales rep about fertilizer rates, which vary depending on location and soil type). Rototill again to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. If soil is loose, you can roll it to increase firmness. Soil surface should be approximately 1 inch below walks or driveways to allow for the sod thickness. Please see Gardner’s Guide for more detailed information.
 Do you offer soil prep services?
No, but again can offer recommendations based on your location.
How long can the sod sit without being installed?
Gardner recommends installing sod immediatly for best results and no later than 24 hours of it being cut. If this is impossible, the following tips will help prolong the shelf life:
1.       Unroll the sod in another location and water if necessary.
2.       Place the pallets in the shade.
3.       Break pallets downby taking off the top layers and allowing more oxygen to get throughout the layers.
4.       Mist the top and sides of the sod on the pallet to prevent sod from drying out.
How much water does Gardner recommend using for newly laid sod?
In cool weather, water new sod daily and in hot weather, water twice daily. Do this for the first 10 to 14 days, watering about 1/4 inch deep (i.e. just to the point of saturation) each time. After the first 10 to 14 days, cut back watering to 2 to 4 times a week, depending on the weather. A new lawn must be kept sufficiently moist to establish a strong root system, but should not be overwatered. Also, keep pet and foot traffic off the grass for the first 10 days and to a minimum for the following four weeks. Please see Gardner’s Watering Guide for more detailed information.
When will the sod be able to be mowed?
The new sod will need to be mowed 14 days after installation, or when the roots have taken hold (when you are unable to lift corners). For best results, never cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade per cutting, but follow recommended mowing heights based on product specifications.  When possible, use a walk behind power mower, preferably of reel type. Do not use a riding mower, as it is too heavy and its powered wheels will tear up the new sod. After the sod has been established, regular mowing can commence.
What is Wrong When One Area of my Lawn is Bluish Colored?
A blue-gray area is a sign of water stress. Place like-size containers, with straight sides and a flat bottom i.e. a tuna can, coffee cup, in that area and another in a green area. Run sprinkler cycles on all sprinkler heads that reach/overlap the problem areas, then measure both containers. If the dry area is not getting the same amount of water, adjust the sprinkler heads.

If you have any further questions, not answered here, please feel free to contact us.

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