Frequently Asked Questions

Installation & Watering

How much should I water the new sod after laying?

Begin watering newly laid sod as soon as possible. During the summer months, apply at least 1 in of water for your first application. After that, maintain a consistent watering schedule to keep your new sod from drying out.

If I can’t get all my sod installed the same day I receive it, what should I do?

If you absolutely cannot install all your sod within 24 hours, the following tips will help prolong the shelf life of your sod:

  1. Place your pallet in a shaded area, and keep it as cool as possible.
  2. Do not spray water on the rolls while they are still on the pallet, as the heat of decomposition is what will make the sod turn bad, not a lack of moisture.
  3. As soon as you can get the sod laid, water it very heavily and keep it damp for a few days until it starts taking root.

How soon after I buy sod do I need to lay it?

Same day. All sod is cut fresh to order and is a living, perishable product. Please have your area prepared and ready so that your sod is installed and watered when you receive it.

How should I take care of my newly installed sod?

To ensure your newly installed sod thrives, water it immediately after installation and keep the soil beneath moist. Water daily for the first week, providing about 1 inch of water each time, then reduce watering to 2-3 times per week. Avoid mowing until the sod is firmly rooted (usually 2-3 weeks) and minimize foot traffic during this time. Hold off on fertilizing for 4-6 weeks, and hand-pull any visible weeds. With proper care, your new sod will develop a strong root system and become a lush, healthy lawn.

Ordering, Pickup & delivery

Where do you deliver sod?

We have a variety of farms located all over the state, so we can deliver anywhere in Oklahoma.

Do you have a minimum order?

Not for farm pick up. Please call us about delivery and installation minimum orders.

Do you sell sod directly to homeowners?

Yes, we do.

Preparation & Care

How should I care for my sod when it’s dormant?

During the winter months, when your sod is still in dormancy, it must be cared for properly to survive the cold winter months.

* Do not water if outside temperature is under 40 degrees

* Water immediately after installation if weather allows.

* During the winter months 1 inch per week is recommended if weather allows. 2 applications of ½ an inch is ideal.

* Before applying water, check to see if your lawn needs it. Do this by pressing your fingers into the ground. If it is hard and dry your lawn needs water. If it has some squish to it or your fingers go into the ground and dirt/mud sticks to them there is no need to water. Check back in a day or two.

* Natural rainfall and snow are the best sources of water for grass and plants. If we receive a good rain or snow, there is no need for additional watering until your yard starts to become dry again.

* If possible, apply a heavy water application to your new sod before any deep freezes (30 degrees or less). The water will naturally insulate the roots and protect them from any freeze damage.

* Do not apply pre-emergent weed control to dormant sod. Wait until the sod has turned green, is rooted down and actively growing.

How do I prepare the area for laying sod?

There are several steps you need to complete to prepare your soil for sod installation. Check out our DIY Guide on sod preparation. (link to DIY Guide)

How do I measure the area to be sodded?

You can use our handy Sod Calculator to calculate your sods square footage. (link to sod calculator)

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