Preparing For and Inspecting New Sod

Summer is right around the corner. Late spring or early summer is a great time for laying sod, before the worst of the heat and humidity set in, if you are thinking of installing new turf grass on your property.

St Augustine sod for sale in Jacksonville FL is a very well-liked and widespread residential grass option in the southeastern United States. Indeed, St. Augustine grass is one of the more widely used lawn coverings in the South, especially in the warm coastal areas of the Gulf states. Its prevalence is rooted in its ability to tolerate heat and humidity, even in tropical and subtropical regions such as South Florida and the Keys. This grass varietal is known for its thick density, the ability to germinate quickly and easily, and a toleration for saltwater spray which is crucial if you are fortunate enough to live in close proximity to the ocean.

Regardless of which turf option you choose, if you elect to lay new sod on your lawn, here are some background tips to help you prepare for and inspect the product upon delivery.


Prepare For Pallets

If you are installing a significant amount of transplanted grass, prepare for the delivery to come on pallets. Sod is simply turf grass that has been grown to maturity at an agricultural location, carefully harvested after being cut into pre-sized strips, and then stacked on pallets. The pallets are subsequently delivered by truck or trailer within hours of the grass being harvested to the site where the sod will be installed.


Not surprisingly, time is of the essence when harvesting and delivering mature sod to a customer. Indeed, it is typically delivered within twenty-four hours or less of being cut and stacked on the pallets.

Inspection Upon Delivery

You will want to count the pallets upon delivery just to make sure that the shipment contains the correct number that was agreed upon. The grass should be rooted in a dirt base that is at least 3/4” to 1” in depth. The attached soil should obviously be moist, but not saturated, to keep the grass healthy on the delivery vehicle until it arrives at its destination. Most customers elect to purchase sod locally to ensure quick delivery after harvesting. This has the added benefit of ensuring that the new grass was grown in very similar climate and soil conditions.

Hopefully, this information will assist you in preparing for the delivery of your new sod lawn.