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Q.  Can I install my own sod?

A.  Many homeowners install their own sod.

 

Q.  What is the best way to install sod?  

A.  Lay the sod in a manner similar to laying bricks, only horizontally. Start with the longest and straightest edge, making sure to stagger each row and pull all edges tight together so there are no gaps.

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Q.  How important is soil preparation?

A.  Soil preparation is one of the most important factors in establishing a lawn. How well the soil holds water and allows the grass to develop its root systems is determined by the condition of the soil.

 

Q.  Is it necessary to rototill the soil?

A.  Breaking up the soil will aid in air flow and allow nutrients to reach the roots. Grass grown on hard packed ground will use more water and be less drought resistant.

 

Q.  How deep should I rototill?

A.  We recommend rototilling at least 4 inches deep.

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Better landscaping will usually help to sell a home faster.  It will help to make the house more sellable.

 

One of the easiest and most effective landscape renovations is the installation of a new lawn.  Removing that old, worn out lawn and replacing it with a beautiful new lawn can make a great first impression and really help showcase your property.

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Preparation is the key to installing a new lawn. To grow a great lawn you will need to optimize on site growing conditions. The soil must be prepped and made ready for sod. Sprinkler systems need to be tested and heads adjusted. Don’t make the sod wait to be installed, have everything on site ready before the sod arrives. Use this checklist for a smooth and successful new lawn installation.         

 

 

 

1.  Rototill existing ground

Rototill existing soil 4 to 6 " deep

 

2.  Add organic matter

Add 3 cu yds of Organics per 1,000 sq ft of area to be sodded and rototill in

 

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Q.  What type of grass do you grow?

A.  We produce two varieties. Eco-turf and Sun and Shade. You can find product descriptions and info on our products page. Our Eco-turf is a blend of improved varieties of bluegrass. Sun & Shade is a mixture of bluegrass and tall fescue. 

Q.  Is bluegrass a poor choice for Colorado?

A.  Bluegrass is ideally suited for the semi- arid climate of Colorado. It is both heat and cold tolerant, recuperates from heavy traffic and very drought resistant.

 

Q.  Do you have a grass that grows in shady areas?

 A.  Our Sun and Shade variety contains turf type tall fescue that does well in shade.

 

Q.  What kind of grass is best for Colorado?

A.  ScienTurfic Eco-Turf is a cool season grass that is suited for high elevations, cool nighttime temperatures, and cold winters will do best in the Colorado climate.

 

   
                                                                                          


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Growing grass scientifically

 

It began over 40 yrs ago with a pair of schoolteachers and an idea; a vision to grow a perfect grass scientifically. This was the beginning of Scien-Turfic Sod, a Colorado sod farm that continues to produce turf grasses for those who demand quality. As the most widely recognized grower of turf grasses in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, ScienTurfic has been growing great lawns for over 4 decades with its environmentally friendly and drought resistant blends of hybrid grasses.

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 Sod that is installed on unprepared ground will develop a

shallow root system and will use increasing amounts of

water.

 

The existing soil should be rototilled 4’ to 6’ deep along

with 4 cu yds of organics per 1,000 sq ft.

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   Where Can I pick up sod?

 

     ScienTurfic sod can be picked up at over 60 locations in

     Metro Denver and along the Front Range, from Castle   

     Rock to Fort Collins.

 

     Download the new ScienTurfic Mobile App and find the

     location nearest you.

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Adding compost to the soil will dramatically

increase it’s ability to hold water. How much water

your lawn needs is directly related to how much

organic matter is in the soil.

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   Roll out new sod in rows, offsetting rows like bricks on a

   house. Place each roll of sod snugly to the next, with no

   gaps showing between the rolls. Trim any overlapping

   ends or sides of rolls with a sod knife to fit borders.

   Begin watering immediately after the new sod is

   installed.


 

 


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In the plant world all things start with the soil. Improving the water holding capacity of the soil is the key to conserving water in the landscape.

The best way to do this is by adding organic matter, such as compost, to the existing soil.  In sandy soil water travels through the soil very quickly. In heavy clay soils water will not penetrate very easily and will tend to run off very quickly.  Both conditions will require watering more frequently. The addition of organic matter will aid in water infiltration and drainage and help hold water in the soil for use by the grass when it needs it.

The percentage of organic matter in the soil will determine it's water holding capacity.


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Sod Installation Pallets

Preparation is key to installing new sod in a drought. There will likely be water restrictions and limited establishment periods for watering new sod. Sod is a perishable product and can dehydrate very quickly. It is important to have everything on site ready before the sod arrives.

Optimize growing conditions

The importance of proper soil preparation can not be over emphasized. The ground must be rototilled to a depth of 4" to 6" and organic matter added to the soil. This will allow water and nutrients to penetrate deeper into the soil and aid the root development. Maximizing on-site growing conditions is very important when facing limited watering and short establishment periods.

Be ready to water

Test your sprinkler system for any leaks and broken heads. Be sure all zones are operating and adjusted for coverage. Have hoses and sprinklers ready to water in the new sod.

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Sod Install

If installing a new lawn seems a bit overwhelming at first, that's only natural. Here are 10 tips that will take you from start to finish.

#1 Proper soil preparation.

The soil is the foundation for any new lawn. If the soil is poor, the grass will struggle to develop a deep root system and will continue to need more water.  Existing soil needs to be rototilled 4 to 6 inches deep.  Installing new sod on hard packed ground is like trying to grow grass on your driveway. Although possible, it is not entirely practical.

#2. Add organic matter.

Add 3 to 4 cu/yds of organic matter per 1,000 sq ft of area to be sodded and rototill into the soil. Incorporating organic matter into the soil will improve its water holding capacity and add vital nutrients.  Proper soil prep is the most important factor in establishing a new lawn.

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Sod or Seed

Maybe you are in a new house and have dirt where a lawn should be. Or maybe in an older house where a lawn used to be. What is the best way to establish a new lawn, with seed or with sod? There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

Advantages of Seed

  • Initial cost of seeding is much less than installing sod.
  • Seeding is less labor intensive.
  • There are many seed varieties and mixes available, sod choices are limited.
  • Seeding can be done quickly.
  • Initial watering costs are less.

Disadvantages of Seed

  • Erosion potential is far greater. Heavy rains can do big damage, even washing out a seeded area.
  • Time to establish a seeded lawn can be several months to a year.
  • Seeding times are limited, with only two ideal times available-Spring or Fall.
  • Seed must be kept constantly wet, requiring multiple waterings daily.
  • Seeded areas are prone to weed invasions. Bare soils contain weed seeds just waiting for the right conditions to grow. Frequent watering will bring them to life.
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Lawn BeforeLawn After

 Focusing on exterior renovations like landscaping may well be the best way to increase a home's value. Enhancing "curb appeal" can really help a property stand out and add to it's resale value.

The initial impressions that a potential buyer makes as they drive by a property for the first time can be very important. What they see in those first few moments can potentially determine how they perceive the entire property.

One of the easiest and most effective landscape renovations is the installation of a new lawn. Removing that neglected, worn out lawn and replacing it with a beautiful new lawn can make a great first impression and really help showcase your property.

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Sod Pallet Truck

Sod is a highly perishable product. It needs to be installed the same day it is delivered. Sod can not be stored waiting to be placed in the landscape along with other landscape materials such as rock or mulch. Leaving delivered sod to sit on pallets all day in the hot sun or sitting overnight before installation is a recipe for disaster.

After the sod is harvested and placed on pallets for delivery, it must then survive on moisture left in the plant. It can dry out very quickly, sometimes becoming very dry during transport on hot, windy and dry days. Once the sod dries out or is exposed to very high temperatures it can become dehydrated. At this point  it is very difficult to bring back and could be lost.

If left rolled up in the hot sun for long periods of time, sod will begin to overheat from the center of the rolls due to existing moisture and lack of oxygen. The sod will start to turn yellow and literally cook from the inside out. If installed in this condition the edges and ends of some rolls, and even whole rolls will become discolored. The final sod installation will appear to be a patchwork of many colors. The survival of the affected sod is highly unlikely.

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Sod Installation Pallets

Sometimes knowing what not to do is more important than knowing what to do. A few extra steps will help turn that sod installation into a magnificent new lawn.

Here are 5 things NOT to do when installing sod.

#1. Buy poor quality sod.

Buying poor quality sod infested with weeds, insects, and disease will only bring those problems into your yard. Sod that is cut too soon without a good root system will require more water and have a difficult time establishing itself. The small amount of money saved buying cheap sod will be insignificant compared to years of frustration and added maintenance expenses that come with it. Inspect the sod you are buying before you buy it. Install only the highest quality sod; sod that is grown to maturity and grown from the highest quality seed.

#2. Roll it out and just add water.

Although sod does establish itself quickly, this will probably not get us  the results we want.  Laying new sod on poor soil will result in a lawn with a shallow root system needing increasing amounts of water and fertilizer. The single most important factor in establishing a beautiful lawn is proper soil prep. This means rototilling the soil 4 to 6 inches deep and adding organic matter. Taking the time to prepare the soil will result in a lawn that uses less water and takes less time to maintain.

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Soil Preparation Rototiller

With the right care grass will grow just about anywhere. While it is true that sod does establish itself quickly and will adapt to many different environmental conditions, it does not tell us the whole story.

The single most important factor in establishing a new lawn is the soil. If the soil is not prepared properly, even the highest quality sod will have a difficult time establishing itself.  Laying new sod on poor soil will result in a lawn with a shallow root system needing increasing amounts of water and fertilizer.

When basements are dug for new homes the soil is removed and spread over the top of the existing topsoil on the rest of the site.

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