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Owner Ben Schneider, The Sod Installation Guy, answers common questions about sod installation in the People Ask: Lawn Sodding Q&A.

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People Ask: Lawn Sodding Q&A

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Questions & Answers from Peak Sodding

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How much should sod installation cost? Depending upon the grade of the turf type, and the size of the area, full sod installation projects will most commonly be on a range $3.00/per square foot for smaller, higher end projects, to closer to $1.50/per square foot for larger, more straight forward projects.

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How much does it cost to lay a pallet of sod? Depending upon the grade of the turf type, and the size of the area, full sod installation projects will most commonly be on a range of $1500.00/per pallet installed for smaller, higher-end projects, to closer to $750.00/per pallet installed for larger, more straight forward projects. 

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How much should I pay to have sod installed? Measure the size of the area you are wanting sod laid in. Based upon that, you can get ballpark rough numbers with $3.00/per square foot for smaller, higher-end projects, closer to $1.50/per square foot for larger, more straightforward projects based upon your personal preferences for turf type.

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What’s the best time of year to lay sod? For warm-season grasses, the best times of the year will normally be Early Spring through Late Summer due to the warm weather allowing for quicker root development. That said, many sod varieties can be laid year-round with minimal risk.

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What’s the hardiest ground cover? Zoysia is one of the most popular grass types due to its exceptional density. Not only does it look incredible from the thickness and color, but it also boasts some of the best growth habits meaning it can tolerate a wide variety of conditions.

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What’s a low-maintenance grass that doesn’t need to be cut often? While Bermuda may be considered lower maintenance due to its drought tolerance and quick recovery abilities, Zoysia takes the crown with lower maintenance. Zoysia is a slower grower than Bermuda meaning it won’t be quite as aggressive in its growth, allowing for more time in between cuts. 

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What type of grass do you offer?

The short answer is it depends on the season you choose to request sod installation. We select our local sourcing partners for each season depending on quality-focused criteria. The local sod farms we select are those that show they can consistently deliver to us well-cut rolls of good color and fertilization. Through our extensive inspection and testing process, we can confidently say our sod suppliers are offering the best sod this season. We then choose sod grass varieties that are best for a large majority of our areas’ lawns. This typically includes Zoysia, Fescue, and Bermuda varieties. For an updated list of what is currently offered, please refer to our Sod page.
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How do you prepare the ground to lay sod? We always first remove as much of the existing surface vegetation as we can. Once this is complete, we can then spread topsoil evenly throughout the entire area making sure the surface is as even and smooth as possible eliminating any ruts, dips, or humps. 

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Can you sod a shady area? While it is not advised to lay sod in areas that never see sunlight, you can most definitely lay sod in areas that might receive minimal sun. It is important to make sure that you are laying the correct type of sod that can handle the shady conditions.

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What is the best grass for hot weather? Any warm-season turf, such as Bermuda, Zoysia, Centipede, and St. Augustine are all exceptional grasses for hot and sunny areas. Make sure you consider watering though as not all grass types are as drought tolerant as others!

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What’s the best month to lay down sod? There isn’t any “best month” to lay sod. However, Spring and Fall seasons are optimal with their mild temperatures and great soil conditions.

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Is sod better than grass seed? Sod is by far the most effective way to establish a lawn while also assuming the least amount of risk possible. Seeding a lawn can often take years to truly establish even with proper care and preparation due to unpredictable weather patterns and washout. Seeding also can limit your choices of turf type significantly as some of the most popular and quality turf types are sterile and therefore will not produce seeds that can be regrown. 

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Does Peak Sodding’s sod come delivered as rolls or slabs? Which is better? We always request our sod be delivered in rolls. Rolls allow for much quicker and efficient installations meaning less time on the pallet. Especially during growing season, we aim to have our sod laid fresh with 24-48 hours of it being cut from the farm.

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How long do sod installation services typically take? Installation time can always vary based upon the size and scope of the project but the greater majority of Peak Sodding projects are completed within a 1-3 day window!

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Do you install grass in Raleigh? Yes, we solve lawn challenges and install grass for homeowners in Raleigh. We actually offer sod installations across all of the Southern Wake County area. Take a look at some of our completed sod installation projects in Raleigh as well as Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and Fuquay Varina.