Quality sod only 25 minutes from downtown Houston

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We grow quality sod in Crosby, TX, only 25 minutes from downtown Houston.  Seems like it gets closer all the time also with the new roads opening up between Crosby and Houston.  The Highway 90 extension that connects to Loop 610 and I-10 is now open and makes the trip even quicker!

We are licensed to grow several varieties of grass that were developed by Sod Solutions, Inc., including Empire Zoysia and Celebration Bermuda.  We have two new varieties from them that should be ready for harvest in late 2012:  Discovery Bermuda and Geo Zoysia.

We also have Raleigh St. Augustine, Palmetto St. Augustine, Tif 419 Bermuda, and Common Bermuda.  We sell wholesale to resellers, landscapers, builders and other commercial businesses but we also sell directly to the consumer and homeowner!  Homeowner’s can pick up grass at our office in Crosby, 15204 Bohemian Hall Rd., or we can deliver right to your driveway in most cases!  So give us a call for all your sod needs and let us help you have a beautiful yard!

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!

Thanks,

Scott Murff

Fall Armyworms

August 21, 2007

Did someone forget to tell me that the Fall season came early this year? It is 100 degrees outside. Actually, I think someone told the Fall Army worms that it was their season, because they are here and on the march. Maybe we should rename them the Summer Armyworms. If you have a Bermuda grass or Zoysiagrass lawn then you may be aware of the presence of this pest already. To be sure, they are real pests, but take heart, they will not kill your established lawn but they make you think they did. Armyworms will eat the green right off of your lawn when the populations get heavy. Know this, you can identify them and you can control them.

People sometimes believe that the turf producers do not have to deal with all of the problems a homeowner has when it comes to having a beautiful lawn. Well let me tell you, we have to deal with all of your typical problems, except shade issues, and on a much larger scale. Below I will give you a few things to think about when it comes to dealing with armyworms. I am not going to get real scientific but just give you some plain talk about these pests.

What are armyworms?

  • Caterpillars which grow to about 1 and a half inches in length at maturity.
  • They are shades of green with white stripes running the length of both sides of their backs
  • They typically like to feed at night.

When do they appear?

  • I look for them after heavy rains in the summer
  • Typically I see them in the months of July and August
  • They are more easily seen at night while feeding on the leaves

How do I know if I have an infestation in my lawn?

  • If you began to see patches of brown grass in the lawn, this may be an indicator.
  • If you notice birds , more than usual, in your lawn, then you may want to check for worms underneath the canopy of the turf
  • Get a large coffee can and cut out both ends. Press the can firmly into the ground and fill with soapy water. Caterpillars will float to the top. If you see one or two, treatment is not essential. If you see five or six, it is time to treat.

How do I treat the infestation?

  • Go to your local garden center and look for a product called Sevin and follow the label or find a permethrin.
  • If possible it is good to mow your yard prior to applying the insecticide.
  • Apply the insecticide in the late afternoon.

Armyworms, generally, are pests of Bermuda and zoysia and do not have a great impact on St. Augustine lawns. St. Augustine lawns have a pest, the chinch bug, which can do greater harm to your lawn than what the armyworm will do to your Bermuda or zoysia. We will leave that discussion to a future article.

As a producer of turf, I always like to remind people that there is no perfect turf in the South. They are living organisms and all have challenges to face. Your environment is one factor in determining the grass that is right for your lawn and there are lots of grasses to meet different environmental factors.

Good luck and watch out for those armyworms. Thanks for visiting our web site.