Kellum Sod Farm, Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Why is Centipede grass so popular in this area?

     Centipede is probably the lowest maintenance of all warm season grasses.  Because centipede is "low growing," it does not have to be mowed as often as other types of grass.  Centipede is rather drought tolerant, and when healthy, is aggressive enough to choke out weeds and other grasses.  It is tolerant of full sun, some shade, and does not need frequent fertilizing.


2.  Does Kellum Sod Farm grow their own sod?

    
Most people would say that is a dumb question....but believe it or not, some sod farms in the area do NOT grow all of their own sod.  They purchase it from a third party grower.  They may or may not know how the sod was maintained during its lifetime.  All of Kellum Sod Farm's turf is 100% planted, maintained and harvested in house, so that we can maintain our high level of quality control.


3.  Can you install sod during the winter months?

     Absolutely!  Centipede sod can be installed any time of year; however, it will remain brown until the beginning of the growning season (typically early April) when it can take root.



4.   How long does it take to grow centipede?

     
This is one of our most frequently asked questions.  From planting to harvesting, it usually takes at least two full years, sometimes three.  We only sell fully matured, deep rooted sod.  If it's not ready, we simply don't sell it.  This doesn't mean that you can plant your yard and have fully established grass in two years.  Being able to harvest in two to three years is the result of constant maintenance using sod specific equipment, mowers, chemicals, etc.  If you wish to see our sod fields before making your purchase, please contact us for an appointment.


 
5.   How do I care for my newly installed sod?

     The most important factor in caring for a freshly sodded yard is water, especially in the spring and summer months.  Freshly laid sod will need to be thoroughly watered immediatedly after placement.  For the next two weeks, your sod should be watered in the morning and evening.  To be sure you are watering enough, pull up a corner of your new grass.  If the ground underneath is soft and moist, your sod is getting ample water.  If the ground beneath is dry, you need to increase its water supply.  Watering in the middle of the day, during peak sun, will cause damage to your yard.  Fertilizing will not be required.  Our sod is fertilized based on climate and time of year.  Over fertilization is a common mistake that will damage your yard.  Centipede is a medium to light green grass, and you should not attempt to turn it dark green.  Once the sod is established, you may use a fertilizer that is formulated for centipede grass, following the recommened rate.  Please visit our CARE page for more details on watering and fertilizing.



6. Do you deliver, or do I have to pick up my sod?

    We offer both options!  Please visit our PLANNINGPRICING and PICK UP pages for more details.



7. Does Kellum Sod Farm install sod? 

    Small sod jobs may be handled in house, but for larger installations, we recommend a professional landscaper.  Kellum Sod Farm works closely with several reputable landscapers.  Please see our CONTACT page for a list of recommended landscape contractors.  They offer services for the smallest of home projects, to the largest of commercial jobs.



8.  What do I do with my pallets after my sod has been installed?

Unlike many sod suppliers, we do not charge for pallets; therefore, you may dispose of them if you wish.  However, if you are in an area that we visit often, we will be glad to pick up your pallets once they have been stacked by the street.  If you would like to bring them back to one of our fields, that is fine, too.