Year-Round Sod in Ringgold
We offer Fescue (Black Beauty) and Bermuda (Tifway 419) Sod.
Black Beauty is a 4-way blend with 3 varieties of fescue and 1 variety of blue grass. Black Beauty has a lustrous, dark green color and will outperform other blends of tall fescue. Black Beauty is constantly being upgraded with the newest and best varieties of turf type, tall fescue.
Tall Fescue is a cool season grass that performs best when temperatures are between 50 degrees Fahrenheit and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Fescue has somewhat of a coarse texture with long straight blades standing upright. Mowing heights vary from no less than 3", and no more than 5". The hotter and dryer the air, the taller you need to mow the grass.
Black Beauty™ produces a darker-green turf naturally. With improved disease resistance and drought tolerance, Black Beauty Grass redefines what a "green-lawn" is supposed to look like! The grass leaves possess an invisible waxy coating, very similar to what you'd find on an apple which helps to preserve moisture in the leaf and wards off stress from heat, cold, wind and disease. With roots that can grow up to four feet deep into the soil, it will improve any lawn it is overseeded into. This blend grows well in clay or sandy soils and in full sun or partial shade.
Tifway 419 is the variety we grow at the farm for the Bermuda.
Warm season grasses grow best in tropical to subtropical climates. Bermuda grass is a warm season grass best known for sports applications such as golf courses and athletic fields. Because Bermuda grass is a warm season grass, it will go dormant after the first frost and remain dormant until temperatures rise in the spring (October-April).
Bermuda grass is recognized as the "South's Grass" and performs best in full sun. Bermuda grass has a soft, thick texture making it ideal for heavy traffic areas because of its ability to repair itself. Bermuda grass will repair/spread two ways- from rhizomes under the ground and stolons on top of the ground. This ability to spread means flowerbeds will have to be maintained regularly.
Although Bermuda grass is drought tolerant, in order to have a green, healthy lawn, regular watering and fertilization are recommended. Mowing heights vary from ½" to 2½", but we recommend 1½" for a home lawn.
Is your yard "bigger than the average yard"? Sod can be cut in 30" x 100' sections that can cover 250 sq. feet a roll. The rolls can be delivered and installed. Call the office and arrange a delivery.
How to properly prepare for and install sod
- Any existing weeds and/or grass should be killed, the ground tilled to a depth of 3-4", and all rocks and debris removed. The soil should be raked smooth.
- Place the sod on the soil in an alternating pattern, being sure to break the joints on each consecutive run (like a brick pattern).
- Fertilizer can either be placed on the ground under the sod or on top of the sod after it is installed. If placed on top, be careful not to apply it too heavy.
- As soon as you get an area large enough, start watering the grass as you continue to lay the sod.
Once the sod is installed, YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY WATER THE SOD AND EVERY DAY THEREAFTER FOR AT LEAST TWO WEEKS! The first three days you must water the sod to the depth of 3-4" in the soil underneath the sod. The next seven days the sod must be watered until the soil directly underneath the sod is wet. The next few days, the sod must be kept wet and never let the grass wilt.
The sod is established when it is attached to the ground and cannot be pulled up. Watering can be backed off to every other day. In temperatures exceeding 80°, a general purpose fungicide should be applied to avoid brown patch, etc.
In order to maintain lawn as a plush, healthy lawn, one should get on a 5-step program at the local garden center.
INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SOD
The size of a piece of sod is 16" x 24" which is equal to 2.6 square feet.
- A pallet covers 504 square feet and weighs between 2,000-2,500 lbs. depending on moisture content.
- A compact pick-up truck will hold between 1/4-1/2 pallet.
- A 1/2-ton truck will hold between 1/2-3/4 pallet.
- A 1 ton truck can haul a full pallet.
In order to get the square footage for the sod area, measure the length and width and multiply them together. Length x width = sq. ft. Then take the total and divide by 504 sq. ft. to find the number of pallets needed.