BJ Haunert - Thursday, April 27, 2017

buying-sod

Laying sod is one of the quickest and easiest ways for homeowners and businesses alike to achieve lush, green and healthy lawns. However, understanding the nature of sod and how to choose the best type for your lawn's needs is key to getting the best results. With that in mind, here are the three steps you should take when buying sod:

Pick the right supplier

Sod is easy to find at any major garden supply store, but the quality control and customer service provided by these big box stores means you may not know what you're getting. Opting to go directly to a sod farm can help ensure that you get the highest quality sod available. In addition, sod farms are equipped to provide in-depth consultations about your yard conditions and other important factors to help you choose the best sod for your needs.

Understand how to spot quality sod

Quality sod can be identified by several key signs: the consistency of its soil, indications that it's properly fertilized, its maturity level and how recently it was harvested. In general, you want sod that has soil that is neither falling apart nor packed too tightly, that is clearly well-fertilized and mature, and that has been harvested within the past eight hours.

Be ready to lay the sod immediately upon delivery

Sod only has about eight hours from harvest to installation before it starts to lose too much moisture and become over stressed. Before you purchase any sod, make sure that your yard's soil is properly prepared for immediate sod installation.

Do you still have questions on how to ensure you get the best sod for your lawn? At Modern Turf, our sod experts can help guide you through the sod buying process. Contact us today to learn more.

   
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BJ Haunert - Thursday, April 20, 2017

diy-sod-installation

If your front lawn is looking patchy or you find yourself with a backyard overrun with weeds, installing new sod can be the quickest way to achieve a beautiful and lush lawn. Homeowners who are up for a DIY project will find that sod installation is reasonably easy to do on your own. By following a few simple steps, you can be enjoying your new lawn by the time summer rolls around.

Conduct a soil test

Before installing sod, make sure that your soil has the correct pH (approximately 6 to 7.5) level to allow grass to thrive by testing soil samples.

Measure how much sod you need

Carefully measure the area where you'll be installing sod; plan to order about 5 percent more as a safeguard. A sod farm can help you figure out exactly how much you need.

Prepare the soil

Maximize the chances of a successful sod installation by getting the soil ready first. Work organic matter into your soil, rake it level and water it thoroughly about a day before installation.

Lay the sod

Once the soil is ready, begin unrolling the turf using a straight edge such as a fence as a guide. Lay one piece at a time, and stay off the sod while you lay it. Make sure to pat the sod into place gently to remove any air pockets. Position the sod in staggered rows with tight seams between the edges. Once all the sod is laid, fill in the seams with topsoil and push the sod into the soil with a lawn roller. Limit foot traffic on your lawn for a few weeks until the roots have had a chance to full take.

Have you run into problems with your sod installation project? The sod and grass experts at Modern Turf can help. Contact us today!

 
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BJ Haunert - Thursday, April 13, 2017

spring-lawn

Whether you are a homeowner looking to spruce up your yard or a golf course owner looking to ensure your course is impeccable, professional lawn maintenance can give your lawn a boost this spring. Here are some ways professional lawn maintenance can help:

Clean and repair the lawn

Because harsh winter weather can compact the soil, affect soil pH, and create disease-friendly conditions, spring lawn care is a critical element in achieving a healthy summer lawn. Professional lawn maintenance crews assess the winter damages and work to create an ideal soil for an ideal crop of grass.

  • Thatch removal: Raking the grass removes thatch which prevents new grass from sprouting up.
  • Test soil pH: A soil test assesses which nutrients are lacking. For instance, lime is typically needed to help restore the pH to a neutral level.
  • Aerate: When the soil is compacted, it is very difficult for new seed to take root and sprout. Aerating in the spring ensures that new grass seed can grow properly.

Overseeding

After the soil is tested and the lawn is aerated, overseeding may be needed if your lawn or golf course has bare spots due to heavy traffic or dog spots. At Modern Turf, we pride ourselves on never selling a single blade of grass unless we know it’s the absolute best seed for your yard, course, or commercial property.

Prevent weeds

Pre-emergent applications prevent spring and summer weeds from sprouting. For homeowners, the Modern Turf Care Program administers this application in February or March.

Fertilization

An application of nitrogen (fertilizer) allows grass the boost it needs as it emerges out of dormancy. This is administered in April or May for those enrolled in the Modern Turf Care Program.

Because professional lawn maintenance in the spring yields a healthy summer lawn, it is vital to diligently assess all of your lawn needs in time. If you are interested in more information, a consultation, or would like to schedule a service, contact us today!

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BJ Haunert - Thursday, April 06, 2017

planting-sod

It’s no surprise that Americans take pride in their lawns. In fact, Americans spend nearly $6.4 billion dollars each year on their lawns. Lawn care is more than just mowing or spreading fertilizer. In some instances, sod may be the best solution to creating a beautiful lawn.

For homeowners, golf course or playing field owners alike, sod provides beautiful lush grass. Sod may be required in the case of:

  • New homes
  • New golf course construction and/or repair
  • Lawn repair
  • Installation of a putting green at home
  • Construction of a playing field
  • Repair of a playing field

Choosing the right grass

When choosing the type of grass for your sod, there are many factors to consider including:

  • Soil type
  • Shade and sun levels
  • Climate
  • Expected levels of wear and tear

Prep the site

Before installing sod, the site will need to be prepped:

  • Remove foreign objects (e.g.. leftover building scraps)
  • Grade the area (remove tree roots, etc)
  • Prep the area with weed control sprays, top soil, soil enhancements (if needed), and fertilizers
  • The Modern Turf process

    Modern Turf offers a 100% guarantee on new sod installations. Our proven process allows for each client to receive the attention and care suited to their needs:

    • Consultation
    • Soil Test: Testing the soil indicates if any treatments (e.g.. lime) are needed prior to the sod installation.
    • Irrigation Certification: Because the success of sod is dependent on proper watering, this service ensures that all sprinkler heads are in working order and will provide adequate water.
    • Amendments and Preparation
    • Installation
    • Modern Turf Care Service

    If you are interested in more information about the sod process or would like to schedule a consultation, contact us today!

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