Top-quality Sod Installations
Lawnsmith Lawn and Landscape offers all of the best turf varieties commonly grown in North Texas and can appropriately help you choose the best type of sod to meet your sod installation needs. We work with preferred vendors who supply us fresh sod harvested less than 24 hours before delivery. In order to achieve such a fresh product, all of our grass is specially ordered up to 2 weeks in advance and assists us in providing a top-quality product.
- locate and mark sprinkler heads to prevent damage
- Remove current vegetation
- Till existing soil to a depth of 4-6 inches
- Spread topsoil (if needed) & finish necessary grade work
- Sod installation
- Water and roll grass into place
- Perform a complete irrigation audit of the site
- Discuss watering recommendations
Lawn Care Pro Tip
The "One-Third Rule"
You may have heard of the ‘one-third rule’ in reference to lawn mowing. This rule says that you should never remove more than one-third of the leaf blade during any one lawn mowing. For example, the recommended mowing height for Saint Augustine is 3-3.5 inches. Therefore, to protect your sod installation the height of the grass should not exceed 4.5 inches before it is mowed back to 3-3.5 inches.
Here’s a simple explanation of why the one-third rule is beneficial: Sod installation is available in a variety of turfgrasses, like other green plants, manufacture their own food by the process of photosynthesis. This process utilizes sunlight, which is absorbed through the leaf of the grass plant, to convert carbon dioxide from the air into sugars. When more than one-third of the leaf blade is removed during a single mowing, there is suddenly less leaf area remaining to absorb sunlight and continue the process of photosynthesis. Consequently, the grass plant produces less food for itself, resulting in a weaker plant that’s susceptible to disease and insect damage.
Considering your sod installation, cutting more than one-third of the grass plant not only weakens the plant, it inhibits the growth of the roots, creating a small, shallow root system. During the dry summer months, these shallow roots can become dried out, eventually killing the plant
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