For warm-season grass, Zoysia is a great choice. It's a hardy grass that can tolerate a fair amount of shade, especially the 'Zeon' variety offered on our website. However, it does go dormant and turn brown in the cooler months.
For cool-season grass, Fine Fescue is one of the most shade-tolerant. It stays green year-round, and the ‘Rebel’ variety is especially well suited for the heat and humidity of the southeast.
If you are looking for a bermuda type grass, which also stay green year-round, ‘tiff grand’ may be a good choice for high traffic areas that are shaded some of the time.
Remember, even shade-tolerant grasses need some sunlight, 4-6 hours is typical, so if your area gets less than 4 hours of direct sunlight a day, you might want to consider shade-tolerant ground covers instead of grass.
- Prepare the Soil: Remove any old grass and weeds from the area. Then, loosen the top 6 to 8 inches of soil with a rototiller. Add 2 to 3 inches of compost or a soil conditioner to improve fertility and drainage. Level the area and remove any rocks or debris.
- Grade the Soil: Slope the soil away from any buildings to ensure proper drainage. The soil should be about one inch below the level of sprinkler heads or paved areas.
- Water the Soil: Lightly water the soil to provide a moist base for the sod.
- Lay the Sod: Start laying sod along a straight edge, such as a driveway or walkway. Stagger the seams, much like laying bricks, and keep the edges snug against each other without overlapping. Use a sharp knife to cut the sod to fit around obstacles.
- Roll the Sod: Use a lawn roller to press the sod into contact with the soil. This removes air pockets and ensures the roots are in contact with the soil.
- Water the Sod: Thoroughly water the sod within 30 minutes of installation. Keep the sod and the first inch of soil beneath it moist until the sod is firmly rooted, which usually takes about two weeks.
- Maintain the Sod: Avoid heavy use of the lawn for the first three weeks. After the sod has rooted, you can begin a regular watering and mowing schedule.
- Watering: Immediately after installation, water the sod thoroughly. It's essential to keep the sod and the top inch of soil beneath it moist for the first two weeks. This usually means watering at least once a day, or more often during hot, dry weather. After the first two weeks, you can gradually reduce watering.
- Mowing: Wait to mow the sod until it has started to root into the soil, which usually takes about two weeks. You can test this by gently tugging on a corner of the sod; if it lifts up, it's not ready to be mowed. When it's time to mow, set your mower to a high setting to avoid cutting the grass too short.
- Fertilizing: Wait at least 6 weeks after installation before applying any fertilizer. When you do fertilize, use a starter fertilizer that's high in phosphorus to promote root growth.
- Traffic: Try to minimize foot traffic on the new sod for the first three weeks to allow it to establish.
- Weed Control: If weeds appear, hand pull them. Avoid using weed control products until the sod has been mowed at least three times.
We ask for a 2 pallet minimum to ensure we can deliver sod fresh from the farm.
If you are purchasing sod on its own, 2 weeks is our timeframe for delivery. If you would like installation please allow 2-4 weeks as we have to work within the capabilities of our contractors.
Yes, please use our one-click installation button at checkout to get an installation scheduled with one of our contractors.
Each pallet of sod covers 504 square feet.
2.64 square feet.
189 rolls per pallet.