Summer Maintenance on St. Augustine, Empire, and Celebration Bermuda

Summer Maintenance on St. Augustine, Empire, and Celebration Bermuda

Below are some links to videos about how to get your grass through the coming summer months.  These are links to Sod Solutions website; they are the good people who we license several of our grasses from including Empire Turf, Palmetto St. Augustine, and Celebration Bermuda.  Clicking on one of the pictures below will take you to Sod Solutions website.St Aug Summer Maint

Empire Summer Maint

Bermuda Summer Maint


Spring Maintenance

Here at Murff Turf we sell several varieties of grasses that were developed by Sod Solutions, Inc.  The last few years they’ve been putting together some excellent videos about lawn maintenance and getting your lawn ready for the Spring and Fall seasons.

They have they’re Spring 2013 videos up so I’m posting a link to their maintenance page here.  Once at the page just select the video that pertains to the type of sod you have to get some tips on getting your lawn ready for Spring.  Or you can watch all of them if you’re so disposed!  They have videos for Empire Turf and Geo (zoysia grasses), Celebration Bermuda, and Palmetto St. Augustine.

Thanks for checking out our site today!  Y’all try to stay warm over the next few days!  Supposed to have lows in the 30s for the next 2 or 3 days looks like.

Another Frost

We had another cold night last night. The temperature got down around 34 degrees. That’s not a problem for the grass really except that we also had a frost on the ground! Frost is what takes the color out of the grass this time of year.

Our grass was much greener until we got a couple of frosts on February 14th and 15th. Those two frosts really knocked a lot of the color out of our grass.  And then with the frost last night it just keeps the grass brown and dormant and will take longer for it to be real green.

IMG_1172 IMG_1173The grass will really start to grow once the temps at night can stay above 60 degrees.

Just wanted to give an update on how the grass is coming along.  Thanks for checking in with us!

Winter is a Good Time To Plant

Winter is a Good Time To Plant

Just a reminder that the winter months are a great time to plant grass.  Yes, the grass you purchase will probably be yellow or brown because the warm-season grasses we grow in Texas turn dormant in the winter; but the grass is alive and healthy and can put down roots now and be ready to take off once the temperatures warm up.

And since the grass is dormant and we usually receive regular rains in the winter months the newly planted grass requires MUCH less water from you to get established!  Usually one good rain or watering from you right after you plant is all you will need to do this time of year.

Here’s a couple of pictures from grass we harvested on Thursday, January 31st.  You can see it has a little green color to it but it doesn’t have the normal bright green of spring.  But it is healthy and ready to be planted.

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We sometimes get asked why grass in neighborhoods is green but the grass in our fields is not.  We had a blog post on that in February 2011 about winter dormancy if you would like to read it; but as a refresher just know that neighborhoods with their closely packed houses and trees provide a great deal of protection for your grass.  The grass in our fields has zero protection from the cold and frost and therefore is generally going to be browner in the winter than neighborhood yards.

Thanks for stopping by our website and please give us a call if you are in the market for grass!

New Sod Needs Water

May 8, 2008

Just a quick update here about watering your new sod!

Watering new sod is extremely important and deserves a quick update here. When sod is harvested, placed on a pallet, delivered to a new site, and then transplanted, it becomes stressed out as you can imagine. One of the best things you can do is to plant it as soon as possible because when the grass is stacked on a pallet it generates heat in all those layers. If left on the pallet too long (more than a day in the Summer) that heat will start to cook the grass and it will start turning brown. So step number one is to plant it as soon as possible!

Sod about to be installed

The next step is to water it properly. By the time the grass gets to your site it will be thirsty and be starting to dry out. You don’t want the dirt on the block of grass to get dry and hard. Dry dirt is hard on the roots. So put a sprinkler out as soon as you finish laying the sod down. If you are doing a very large area then put a sprinkler down as soon as you have an area down big enough for the sprinkler and it won’t be in your way of the other areas you are still planting. The sprinkler needs to stay in place long enough for the grass to get 1.5 to 2 inches of water which is hard to measure with a sprinkler so we just tell people to leave the sprinkler in place for a minimum of 1 hour, maybe 2 depending on how much water your sprinkler puts out. Then move the sprinkler to another area. Be sure to overlap the watered areas otherwise you will have dry spots and the grass will turn yellow.

Keep moving the sprinkler around the yard until you have watered the entire yard. Then it will be time to start over again. The first 2 weeks are extremely critical for newly planted sod. You don’t want the grass to dry out at all during these 2 weeks. After the first 2 weeks you can cut way back on watering to once a week or once every two weeks really but the first couple weeks are critical to keeping the grass alive. Without water, newly planted grass will start to wilt and turn yellow/brown within a matter of hours. We have pictures of yards where grass was planted and a sprinkler was placed on it and the grass looks good and green and the area right next to it that has not been watered yet is already starting to lose some of its green color.

As an example of how fast newly planted grass can start wilting here is a picture of newly planted Celebration bermuda grass.  The installation has just been completed and the irrigation system has been turned on but they can’t turn on all the sprinklers at one time so some of the grass has been sitting in the hot sun for an hour or so.  You can already see a difference between the grass that has gotten water and the grass that is waiting for its turn!

Watered vs. not

Hope this helps someone out there. Please call us if you have any questions! We cannot stress enough that you need to water your sod immediately after planting it!


Scott Murff