SOD INSTALLATION and REPAIR SERVICES
We can transform your Livonia yard into a beautiful place, by installing sod, in a fraction of the time it takes to grow from seed.
Do you have patches of lawn that seem to be coming apart? We can fix your current sod installation by repairing it with new sod patches.
LIVONIA SOD INSTALLATION & REPAIR
Spring, and early summer are the primary seasons to seed, lay sod, plant 'liners', or 'sprig' new lawns, when the soil is warmer and air cooler. Seeding is the least expensive but may take longer for the lawn to be established. Aerating just before planting/seeding may promote deeper root growth and thicker turf. Sodding, or turfing, provides an almost instant lawn, and can be undertaken in most temperate climates in any season, but is more vulnerable to drought until established.
Sodding is the quickest and most reliable means of establishing a lawn. Sod covers the soil completely and virtually eliminates evaporation of water from the soil and loss of soil by erosion. Sod is usually grown close to the market area, so sod types available in your community are likely to be those that will grow best where you are. Most of the sod grown in Michigan is a blend of Kentucky bluegrass cultivars.
Sod installation is often preferable to seeding:
- For areas that need to be quickly functional.
- If there is a need for quick, tangible quality or immediate property value increase.
- When immediate erosion control is required.
- When the time frame is not suitable for establishing a lawn by seed.
Some Advantages of Sod Installation:
- A high-quality turf is available for use much more quickly than with other methods and there is less investment of time and work by the homeowner.
- Homeowners installing sod lawns have a greater rate of success and face fewer weed and other problems than those using other methods.
- Sod can be installed almost anytime the ground isn’t frozen from mid-April through the end of October. Avoid installing sod so late in the fall that the root system doesn’t have time to penetrate the soil adequately before the soil freezes.
- Sod provides immediate erosion control on a steep slope or terrace.
CARE OF YOUR NEW SOD
Watering: Begin watering sod within 30 minutes of installation. Sod should be watered frequently with small amounts of water to encourage rooting. Apply water at least once per day during the first two weeks after installation. Use enough water to keep the sod and the soil beneath it moist but not soaking wet throughout the day. Be extra careful during hot, dry and windy weather — newly installed sod can dry out quickly. As more and more roots penetrate the soil (carefully lift the edges of strips in several locations to check), decrease the frequency of watering but increase the total amount of water applied each time to encourage a deep and healthy root system. Hand watering usually allows you to regulate the amount of water applied better than using a mechanical sprinkler.
Mowing and applying fertilizer: Until a new lawn has a fully established root system, avoid heavy use. Mow as soon as the leaf blades exceed 4 inches in height. Set your mower to cut at a height of 3 to 3 1/2 inches and make sure that you use a newly sharpened blade. After 4 to 6 weeks of growth, fertilize the sod according to the soil test recommendations. In the absence of a soil test, apply 1 pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet (10 pounds of 10-10-10 or equivalent). Apply 1/2 inch of water after fertilizing to wash the fertilizer particles off the leaf blades. Remember to watch for insects, diseases or other problems.