FAQs

SOD FAQS

To determine the size of your lawn:
For easily measured areas, multiply the length by the width of your yard to calculate your square footage.
For more complicated areas, use our Area Calculator to map your perimeter and determine your square footage.

Before your sod installation, clear the area of any unwanted weeds, old sod, and debris. Soil should be tilled at a depth of 4-6" deep and cattle-based compost added at a ratio of 3-4 cubic yards per 1000 sq ft. Compost should be tilled in and the soil surface raked to a fine grade. Take care of any areas where drainage needs addressed, corrected, or maintained. For complete instructions, visit our Soil Prep Guide page.

Feeling overwhelmed? Graff's Turf provides complete soil prep as an additional service. Contact Us for more information.

1/2" is the typical grade between the top of the soil and the top of the edging or sidewalk to allow for a smooth transition from hardscapes to turf.

Turf should be unrolled and laid across the grad to maintain erosion control. Start with one edge and stagger seams in a brick pattern. Make sure to tuck ends of rolls down adn butt edges together so the seams will not dry out. For a complete installation guide, visit our Installation page. If "green side up" sounds like more than you want to tackle, Graff's Turf offers installation of your sod order. Contact Us for more information.

Yes, we offer a variety of bundled services that include basic sod installation on up to full removal, soil prep, and install.

Yes, Graff's Turf trucks delivery sod daily to the Front Range as well as make frequent trips to the mountains and throughout Colorado.

Typically we can fulfill orders within 24 hours. 72 hours' notice is ideal so we can deliver the turf on the day you request.

Once the soil thaws in the spring and can be worked, it is a perfect time to install sod. AS an alternative, the cooler fall weather is also favorable. Any time you can avoid the heat and conserve water, you are doing yourself a favor in establishing your new lawn.

New sod should be allowed to establish for a minimum of 4-6 weeks before normal usage.

We recommend fertilizing at least 4 times a year. An easy way to remember is by fertilizing on or near the holidays: Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day ,and Halloween as a winterizer.

We recommend soil aeration, as it is generally less damaging to the turf. We encourage the raking and disposal of plugs post-aeration. While not proponents of power raking, we know that some lawns require it due to mulched -- rather than bagged -- clippings over several seasons. We recommend aerating annually in the spring and/or fall.

When seeding a new lawn ,we recommend 4 lbs per 10000 sq ft. When overseeding, we recommend a rate of half that.

A minimum of 12 months or the frist complete growing season should be allowed for new grass to establish before allowing normal traffic. Mowing is permitted once the grass is a mowable height and the ground is firm enough to support the mower. Take care to never remove more than 1/3 of the blade height when mowing.

Yes. Our specially blended fertilizer will not burn the seed. Always read the label if using a different fertilizer, such as a weed and feed.

In general, traditional bluegrass needs a minimum of 4-6 hours of sunlight or direct sunlight between 10am and 2pm. Alternatives to bluegrass such as the tall and fine fescue varieties are more shade tolerant. Consider installing Colorado's Tall Fescue or Colorado's Black Beauty in your shady areas.

Yes. All of our turf varieties grow well on sand-based or heavier soils. Some varieties, such as fescues, perform better on sandier solid. Consider Colorado's Black beauty or Colorado's Tall Fescue for installation in sandy soil.

The grass at the turf farm is mowed at a standard 1 3/4" height.

A standard roll of sod is 2 ft by 5 ft, covering 10 sq ft and weighing approximately 40 lbs.

A pallet can hold 600 sq ft of sod, or 60 rolls. Pallets of sod typically weigh 2400 lbs or just over a ton. Most half-ton pickups can haul one pallet of sod.

PET OWNERS

Bluegrass varieties recover the most rapidly from traffic and urine spots. Bluegrass has rhizomes, making it self-generating and wear tolerant. Consider Colorado's Choice or Colorado's Hy-Performance Blue for lawns with pets.

Most pet stores offer pills to help neutralize dog urine. For new spots, we recommend watering the urine down into the soil as soon as possible. Existing spots can be treated by sprinkling a mixture of seed and fertilizer to cover the spot. Even left untreated, the grass will eventually grow back in on its own.

New sod should be allowed to establish for a minimum of 4-6 weeks before normal usage.

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