How do I order sod?

It's easy-- just follow these guidelines:

1. Before placing your sod order, be sure to have your site prepared and ready so you can install the sod immediately.

2. Determine the amount of sod you need by multiplying the length x width of the area to get the total square footage.

3. If you plan to pick up sod at the farm (minimum farm pickup is 300 sq. ft.), please call to order at least one day in advance. 518-664-5038

     ∙ Always check your owner's manual if you are unsure of what you can safely haul. If you can't pick up all of your sod at once, you can make several trips.

     ∙ Remember, a pallet of sod weighs approx. one ton (2,000 lbs). We recommend using at least a 3/4 ton pickup truck, or a truck and trailer.

4. If you'd like sod delivered, please call ahead at least 3 - 5 days to schedule. 518-664-5038

     ∙ Minimum quantity for local delivery (within 60 miles) is 1,200 sq. ft.; 3,600 sq. ft. for distances greater than 60 miles.

5. All of our sod is cut to order to ensure you receive the freshest product available. Sod is a living, perishable product, so it is imperative that you install your sod immediately and water thoroughly. Sod that will not be installed immediately should be kept in the shade and covered with moist burlap until installed.

Find a location to purchase your sod.

 

How long does it take to install sod?

Installing 1 pallet, which is 600 sq ft., generally takes 1 person approximately 1-1 ½ hours.

Hard to access areas and those requiring a lot of cutting will take longer.

 

Is it difficult to install?

No, not at all. Just pick up a roll, lay it on the ground, and unroll. It’s that easy.

Be sure to “butt” the edges tight with no overlapping.

 

Do you sell sod directly to homeowners?

Yes.

 

Can I stop by and pick up the sod anytime while you’re open?

We cut all sod fresh to order, so please give at least 1 days notice to pick up your sod. Unlike the garden centers, we do not have pre-cut sod available.

The minimum farm pick up is 300 sq. ft.  If you need your sod delivered, a minimum of 1,200 sq. ft.
is required if within a 60 mile radius of Saratoga Sod.

If between 60 and 100 miles, a minimum of 3,600 sq. ft.
is required, and if you are even further out (100 to 150 miles) a minimum of 4,800 sq ft is required for delivery.

 

Is there a variety of sod to choose from?

Yes. Saratoga Sod offers the following northern turfgrass blends and mixtures to suit a variety of site needs:

∙ 100% Kentucky bluegrass

∙ Kentucky Bluegrass/Fine Fescue mixtures

∙ Turf Type Tall Fescue

 

Which type of sod do I need?

∙ Kentucky bluegrass is dark green in color, uniform in texture, and tolerates full sun to partial shade.

∙ Bluegrass/Fescue mixes are more versatile, shade tolerant and drought tolerant than the straight bluegrass, however, because they contain two different species of grasses, the stand is not as uniform in color or texture as 100% Kentucky bluegrass. If you are trying to patch an area of grass or installing next to an existing lawn, the mix may be the sod of choice.

∙Turf Type Tall Fescue is deep rooted, drought and shade tolerant and provides good wear tolerance.

Neither type of sod is superior to the other; it just depends on your needs. When ordering, please specify which type of sod you would prefer. 

 

How do I care for my sod?

Sod is a living, perishable plant and we cut all sod fresh for every order. To ensure the success of your new sod, you must be sure your area is totally prepared and ready. Unroll and install the sod the day you receive it, and water immediately and thoroughly. Sod is mature grass that, once established, should be treated just as you would any other lawn. It should be aerated and thatched (usually each spring), fertilized at the proper times of year, and watched as needed.

 

How do I purchase Saratoga Sod-- by the roll, pallet, or square foot?

Sod is priced by the square foot and there are price breaks based on the quantity purchased.

1 roll of sod measures 2'x5' (10 sq. ft.)

1 pallet holds 60 rolls (600 sq. ft.)

A pallet measures 4’x4’.  There is a deposit on the pallet which is refunded upon its return.

If we are closed when you return the pallet(s), leave a note in the front door with your name and address, and a refund check will be mailed to you.

 

When can I install my sod? Do I have to wait until the fall?

One of the many advantages of sod is that your "window of opportunity" is much larger than with seed. You can successfully install sod anytime-- as long as you have water, and the ground is not thoroughly frozen.

 

If I can’t get all of my sod installed the same day I receive it, is it ok to water it while it is still rolled up on the pallet?

NO. Because sod is a living, perishable plant, it needs to be cared for properly. The weather is a big factor as sod is more perishable in hot humid weather than in the spring or fall. If you absolutely cannot install all of your sod within 24 hours, the following tips will help prolong the shelf life of your sod:

1. Unroll the sod in another location and water if practical.
2. Place the pallet(s) in the shade.
3. Take off the top half of the rolls from the pallet, allowing more oxygen to get to the bottom layers.

Because of all of the nitrogen in the plant, sod will heat up and begin to ferment if left rolled up. Covering a pallet and/or watering the sod while rolled up, especially in hot weather, will compound the problem.

 

When is it OK to mow the newly installed sod?

It's OK to mow the sod when it has grown, and looks like it "needs mowing".  The general rule-of-thumb is not to cut more than one third of the blade per mowing. Cutting more than that, especially in hot weather, may shock the plant and cause it to appear "off color".  Most likely you will need to mow your new sod before it is completely rooted. For the first couple of weeks it's advisable to use a push mower, not a tractor mower. It is very important to keep the mower blades sharp ensure a clean cut to the blades of grass. This promotes healthy growth and helps to prevent fungus issues. To avoid burning due to the heat, grass should be kept at a height of 2-2 ½”.

 

GOT DOGS?

 

Dog Spots and your Lawn

If you have a female dog, or immature male dog, you may notice burned or discolored spots developing on your lawn. These spots are likely due to urine. If you have a mature male dog, it is unlikely that you will get urine-caused lawn spots because male dogs urinate on bushes, poles, and other landmarks. Dog urine is essentially a salt solution, and among other things, contains ammonia. When a female dog urinates on the lawn, the foliage is coated with this salt solution which draws moisture out of the grass, initially leaving the spot looking wilted; in a day or so it will look brown where the grass has been killed.  After the initial turf injury, the grass around the dead spot will "green up" as the nitrogen in the urine is taken up by healthy roots. In the winter, moisture from the rain and cooler temperatures make it less likely for grass to burn.

To minimize the damage, if you see a dog urinate on the lawn, immediately sprinkle the area with water to wash the salts off the foliage. This will dilute it and the burned spots will not develop. You may also set your sprinkler timer to come on every day for two or three minutes to wash off the salts after your dog goes out for its morning stretch.

 

Dogs and “Digging to China”

Digging is a very normal behavior for dogs that would be important in the wild for making a den to shelter pups, and for storing and retrieving food. Breeders often report digging behavior in expectant female dogs as they near the time for whelping. When you are not watching the dogs, it's unlikely you'll be able to keep them from doing a behavior that is so natural to them, and now has become habit.

What you might manage to do is create a special area, or a sandbox for your dogs to dig in. Then, every time they start to dig elsewhere, take them to that area and praise them for digging there. There is a need for clear boundaries, such as a small fence. To encourage the dogs to dig in the desired area, bury treats and toys for them there. If you catch your dog digging in a different place say: "No Dig", and take the dog to his sandbox. Praise the dog when he digs in the right place and make the unacceptable digging spots unattractive by placing sharp rocks, feces, or grass clippings into the holes.

There are always exceptions-- in which case these suggestions may not work. In that case, grumble and love your dog just the same!

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1670 Route 4 · Stillwater, NY 12170
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