Sod FAQs

About Saratoga Sod

What types of grasses do you grow?
Saratoga Sod grows several different northern turfgrass varieties to meet a range of customer needs, including Kentucky Bluegrass blends, Fine Fescue/Kentucky Bluegrass Mixes, and Turf Type Tall Fescue.

Which type of sod should I choose?

  • Kentucky Bluegrass is dark green in color, uniform in texture, and tolerates full sun to partial shade.
  • Fine Fescue/Kentucky Bluegrass mixes are versatile, shade tolerant and drought tolerant, however, because they contain two different species of grasses, the stand is not as uniform in color or texture as 100% Kentucky bluegrass. If you are trying to patch an area of grass or installing next to an existing lawn, the mix may be the sod of choice.
  • Turf Type Tall Fescue is deep rooted, drought and shade tolerant and provides good wear tolerance.

Which type of grass is best for shady areas?
Fine Fescue/Kentucky Bluegrass (the “Sun/Shade Mix”), or Turf Type Tall Fescue 

Which type do you recommend for patching or to blend with surrounding seeded areas?
Fine Fescue/Kentucky Bluegrass is a 50/50 blend of 2 grasses and may be the mix of choice. 

Which type of grass is best for high traffic areas?
Sports fields predominantly use Kentucky Bluegrass for its recuperative qualities.  The rhizome root system grows laterally to repair itself.

Which type of grass is good for dogs and around pools?
We recommend Turf Type Tall Fescue for its durability and deep root system, as well as Kentucky Bluegrass for its qualities listed above.

What are the measurements of a roll of sod? How much does one roll weigh?
A roll of sod weighs approximately 30-35 lbs, and when rolled out, yields a strip of grass that is 2 feet wide X 5 feet long. (Covers 10 square feet)

How many rolls on a pallet? How much does a pallet of sod weigh?
60 rolls per pallet = 600 Sq. Ft. A pallet of sod weighs approximately 1 ton (2,000 lbs.)

Do you sell sod directly to homeowners?

What time of year is best to install sod?
One of the many advantages of sod is that you can successfully install it throughout the growing season as long as the ground is not frozen and you have sufficient water to get it well rooted. Sod especially loves cool temperatures and frequent rain during Spring and Fall. Summer can be hot and dry; be sure to water deeply and thoroughly in the morning and afternoon.

Site Preparation & Measurement

How do I measure the area to be sodded?
Please see our Sod Calculator

How do I prepare the area for laying sod?
Please see our Site Preparation instructions

Ordering, Delivery, and Farm Pickup

Do you have a minimum order?
For farm pickup: 300 square feet. For local delivery: 600 square feet. (3600 square feet for delivery over 60 miles) 

What is the lead time to order and receive sod?
Sod is cut fresh to order. If you are looking for sod to be delivered, please call 4-5 days ahead. If you wish to pick up sod at the farm, please call at least 1 day ahead.

What days do you Deliver?
We deliver Monday – Saturday.

What days & times is sod available for pickup?
Monday – Friday 8-10 a.m.
MUST be ordered at least 1 day ahead.

May I return sod if I order too much?
Unfortunately, sod is perishable and cut to order, so we do not accept returns.
(See measuring guide for help in ordering correct quantity)

Installing Sod and “Watering In”

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 plant. Please have your site prepared and ready so that your sod is installed and watered the day you receive it.

Is it difficult to install?
No, not at all. Just pick up a roll, lay it on the ground, and unroll. It’s that easy. Be sure to “butt” the edges tight with no overlapping. Check out our  DIY Sod Installation page for a simple installation guide.

How long does it take to install sod?
One pallet (600 square feet) generally takes 1 person approximately 1-1 ½ hours to install. Hard to access areas and those requiring a lot of cutting will take longer.

If I can’t get all of my sod installed the same day I receive it, is it ok to water it while it is still rolled up on the pallet?

NO. Because of all of the nitrogen in the plant, sod will heat up and begin to ferment if left rolled up. Covering a pallet and/or watering the sod while rolled up, especially in hot weather, will compound the problem.

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

  1. Unroll the sod in another location and water it
  2. If step #1 is not feasible, place the pallet(s) in the shade.
  3. Take off the top half of the rolls from the pallet, allowing more oxygen to get to the bottom layers.

How much should I water the new sod after laying?
Please see our Sod Watering Tips

Aftercare, Mowing, and Fertilizing

When is it OK to mow the newly installed sod?
Sod can be mowed as soon as it needs it; raise the mower blade to its highest setting for the first few mowings. General rule-of-thumb: don’t cut more than one third of the blade to avoid shocking the plant.

Any recommendations for mowing?

  • Maintain sharp mower blades to ensure a clean cut, promote healthy growth, and prevent fungus.
  • Mow when the grass is dry
  • Mow often, at a good healthy height of around 2 ½ -3 inches. Mowing at shorter heights will put added stress on the plant and require additional care.

Should I bag my clippings or leave them on the lawn after mowing?
“Grasscycling” is good for your lawn! Clippings generally decompose rapidly, returning nitrogen and other valuable nutrients to the soil. However, if clippings are heavy, you may need to rake and remove them.

Do clippings lead to thatch?
No. Thatch buildup is caused by grass stems, shoots and roots — not clippings.

When should I fertilize my lawn?
We recommend a holiday schedule—Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Halloween.

What can I do about dog spots on my lawn?
Burned or discolored spots are likely due to urine which is a salt solution, and contains ammonia. When foliage is coated, it draws moisture out of the grass, leaving the spot wilted or brown where grass has been killed.  Grass around the dead spot will “green up” as the nitrogen in the urine is taken up by healthy roots. In the winter, moisture from the rain and cooler temperatures make it less likely for grass to burn. To minimize damage, immediately sprinkle the area with water to wash the salts off, or set your sprinkler timer to come on after your dog goes out.

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