As with any project, proper planning and preparation is key. If you plan to do the job yourself, use these helpful hints to make the job easier and more successful.
Site Preparation: For best results, the soil should be free of other grasses and weeds. Tilling the yard may be your best option, but it can also make the ground very unlevel and lumpy. Hand raking will be required after tilling on order to level the ground and to remove clumps of grass if they are present. Centipede can be laid over thin, existing grass (like found on new construction yards), but the existing grass should be mowed as close as possible. Just remember, if your preparation is unlevel with high and low spots, your new yard will be as well.
Measuring: Use the information on the right to determine how much sod you will need. It is always better to have a little extra than not enough.
Delivery: Kellum Sod Farm will deliver anywhere locally as long as the order is five or more pallets. Areas further away may require more pallets for delivery. Please call at least a day or two before you need delivery, as we do not pre-cut any sod.
Pick-up: We also offer a pick-up service Monday-Saturday if your order is not large enough for delivery. Once again, please call ahead to reserve your order. Pick-ups may be available in directly in one of our fields or at our office location. You will need to call for our location/directions.
Placement: If you are laying your own sod, it is very important that you make sure you can handle and water the amount you order. During the warmer months, the sod cannot stay on the pallet for more than a day or so without damage. Once it is on the ground, you will need to make sure that it gets plenty of water in the morning and the evening for at least two weeks. Please visit our CARE page for more details.
How to measure:
Simply multiply length (in feet) by width (in feet). Then divide by 450 (approx. sq. ft. on each pallet) to give you the square footage needed.
For example: If your back yard is 70 x 40, you will multiply and come up with 2800 sq. ft. Then divide by 450 and you should come up with a little over 2 pallets.