Sod installation is an exciting project because it gives your home or new space a fantastic and attractive outlook. However, laying sod can be as delicate as it is exciting.

Poor or unsuitable soil conditions can stall your projects or plunge you into huge losses. Therefore, it is important to understand the different types of soils and their properties, especially before you undertake a sod project. 

There’s lots of different sod types out there- bahia sod, centipede sod, and more. No matter what sod you choose, be sure to consider the following factors before sod installation to increase the chances of success: 

1. Soil Health

Healthy soil is filled with live microorganisms that have a mutual and symbiotic relationship with your plants. You’ll notice that healthy soil is loose, has excellent moisture retention, meaning it has sufficient nutrients.

2. Soil pH

Weather changes can play a role in the soil’s pH level.  Soil pH is the degree of acidity or alkalinity in the soil, and is measured on a scale of 0-14. The ideal pH level for laying sod is approximately 6.5.

3. Preparation for Laying Sod

Before your sod pallets arrive, it’s important to ensure that your soil is well-prepared beforehand. Ensure the ground is level and clear the surrounding land of debris.  

The general rule of thumb is to apply herbicides a week before installation to eliminate all weeds. During installation, be careful to avoid gaps since they give room for weeds to grow.  

4. Equipment

Besides saving you from ‘back-breaking’ labor, using the right equipment guarantees you a fantastic outcome for your project.  You can rest assured that Grovin Farms uses premium equipment to efficiently and safely install your sod!

5. Sod Care

Whether it’s bahiagrass sod, St. Augustine sod, or Centipede sod, sod pallets tend to dry out quickly. We recommend watering the new sod 2-3 times daily for a week to ensure proper root development.

Avoid mowing the area immediately, and stay off of the sod for at least three weeks to allow the sod to get roots established.

Who We Are

Grovin Farms is a family-owned company, and we have superbly mastered the earth over the years. Our sod farm in Gainesville, FL supports strong growth of bahia sod grass (Argentine bahiagrass), bermuda sod, St. Augustine sod, Centipede sod, and Zoysia sod.

Need to stock up on sod for next season? Our sod pallets can ship all throughout the state of Florida. We will also do full sod installation as well!

To learn more about our sod farm and the types of sod we supply, give Grovin a call today!