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 farmers 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 grass was maintained during its lifetime. All of Kellum Sod Farm's turf is 100% planted, maintained and harvested in house, so that we can keep 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 growing season (typically early to mid 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 does not necessarily mean that you can plant your yard and have fully established turf in two years. Being able to harvest in two to three years is a result of constant maintenance using sod specific equipment, mowers, chemicals, etc. If you wish to see our sod fields before making a 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 watered thoroughly immediately after placement. For the next two weeks, your new turf 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 the water supply. Watering in the middle of the day, during peak sun, will damage your new yard. Fertilizing should not be required. Our sod is fertilized based on climate and time of the year. Over fertilization is a common mistake that will damage your yard. Centipede is a medium green grass, and 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 recommended 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 own sod?
7. Does Kellum Sod Farm install sod?
As of now, we are not doing any installations in house. If you need help with installation, visit our CONTACT page for a list of landscape contractors. They offer services from the smallest home projects, to the largest of commercial jobs.
8. What do I do with my pallets after I have installed my sod?
Unlike many sod suppliers, we do not have a "pallet charge," 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 would be great as well!