How long can sod stay rolled up before I have to lay it?

Rolling out a new lawn.

Before you place your sod order you should:

  • Have your soil prepared
  • Have enough labor to install all your sod in one day
  • Have you sprinklers ready to go on
  • Have all your hardscaping completed (Paving stone, etc.)

Sod decomposes when rolled up. To put an exact number on the time it takes to heat up and destroy the inside of the rolls will depend up certain items:

  • The temperature both the ground and air
  • Humidity level
  • Soil composition
  • Last fertilization
  • Direct exposure to sunshine

During growing seasons it is wise to have sod installed the same day as harvesting. When storing sod prior to installation ensure the rolls are kept out of direct sunlight, rolled up without ends hanging, you may apply a light watering to the ends that were exposed during transport.

During cool months sod can stayed rolled up for much longer, I have seen rolls 5-7 days old that survived just fine in cool weather.

On hot days if your sod is heating up and starting to decompose, immediately unroll the sod and apply water to release heat. If the inside is black and slimy with an unforgettable smell, your sod is toast. If your sod is yellow and just a little smelly, you’re okay, water and put a fertilizer on it. The sod will recover in about a week, apply seed to any area that didn’t recover.

When you purchase sod be prepared and ready install when your order is shipped.

If you need a price quote for sod delivered throughout British Columbia:

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Vancouver Island Sod Installation / New Lawns

Serving Victoria – Nanaimo – Courtenay and the rest of Vancouver Island.

Cumberland New Lawn Installation

Installing a new lawn on Vancouver Island? BC Instant Lawns supplies and installs everything you need for your new lawn project.

  • Quality Top Soil
  • Sod Rolls
  • Old Lawn Removal and Disposal
  • Lawn Fertilizer and Over Seed

Need a lawn installation estimate for your project on Vancouver Island?

Use our online tool to get instant project pricing:

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Installing new sod at a commercial site in Victoria, B.C.

BC Instant Lawns projects:

  • Residential Lawn Installation
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Sport fields
  • Golf Courses
  • Municipalities
Golf Course Fairway Installation

Where to buy sod in the B.C. Okanagan? Penticton, Kelowna, Kamloops and Princeton

Okanagan Sodded Lawn

Are you looking for a sod supplier in the Okanagan? BC Instant Lawns does weekly deliveries to:

  • Kelowna
  • Penticton
  • Osoyoos
  • Princeton
  • Vernon
  • Salmon Arm
  • Kamloops
  • Merritt
  • Peachland
  • Summerland
  • Oliver

We offer a Kentucky Bluegrass sod blend ideal for the Okanagan Area. We also offer the same blend in a no net variety for customers who do not want the biodegradable netting in the sod. The no net variety is more expensive.

If you would like a quote for sod delivered to the Okanagan please use the following link to get a price quote and order online, our delivery time are listed on the quote you receive and are updated frequently:

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Where to buy a single roll of sod for my pet grass potty.

a single roll of sod used for an outdoor turf pet station

Are you looking for a single roll of sod for your pet grass potty station in Vancouver? We deliver single rolls throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

A single roll of sod will be 9 square feet. If you would like to shape the grass you can use a sharp knife to cut the sod into place, like shown in the photo above. Some people just unroll the sod on a piece of plastic and then roll it back up again and composting the old sod. Normally a roll will last a week to 10 days.

Use this link to obtain pricing and place your order online, enter 9 square feet for a single roll pricing:

BUY PET GRASS ROLL ONLINE

What type of sod should I use for my new lawn?

New sod installed for a moderate to light usage back yard.

Deciding upon what type of sod to use for your new lawn installation project will depend on two main factors:

  • The use of the lawn area
  • The environment you are laying the sod

There are 3 basic types of sod that can be used for residential purposes:

  • Standard use sod. Normally a blend of three grass types: Rye, blue, fescue.
  • Shade type sod: Higher fescue content.
  • Sport type sod / high traffic area: Higher bluegrass content.

Then there are specialty type sod for particular uses:

  • Chafer beetle resistant: Higher fescue content.
  • Drought resistance sod: Higher fescue content.
  • British Columbia Okanagan / Interior Sod: Higher bluegrass content.
  • Low maintenance sod: Higher fescue content.

As you can see from above the selections of sod to choose from are closely matched to the usages. To select the proper type of sod to use for your new lawn decide first if you have a shaded area. Having a shaded area will take priority over anything else. Shaded areas do not grow great lawns. Be careful when laying sod in a shaded area and make a determination if there is enough light throughout the year to grow lawn.

For any customer that lives the in the Okanagan or British Columbia Interior it is critical that a bluegrass type sod is used for any new lawn project.

Low maintenance sod sounds like a great idea for those that do not want to put much work into a lawn, establishment will require watering, mowing and fertilization.

Chafer Beetle resistant sod is a tall fescue type sod. If offers an increased defence against the grubs. It’s not a solution but will help. The best thing to prevent chafer beetles is to keep a healthy lawn all year round.

What type of sod is for sale in British Columbia?

If you would like to view all the sod type offered by BC Instant Lawns please click below:

Sod Varieties for sale in British Columbia

How much does sod cost in British Columbia?

sod delivered for a new lawn installation
New sod installed

The price of sod in British Columbia is between $0.50 cents per square foot to $0.75 per square foot plus delivery charges. There are cheaper sods available but not recommended for residential uses.

There are different varieties and qualities of sod in British Columbia but three primary grass seed choices that are used in the Pacific Northwest for residential applications:

Bluegrass

Fescue

Ryegrass

Bentgrass is used for non residential uses such as golf course greens and bowling greens. Bentgrass sod is much more expensive than the regular residential lawn types.

Sod is grown mainly on two types of soil in British Columbia:

Clay

Sandy loam

Sandy loam based sod is normally more expensive than clay based sod but installation is made much easier with the sand base. Clay based sod is good for reducing water requirements as clay retains moisture much better than sand. This may have a negative effect of limiting drainage through the sod layer and puddling or sogginess may occur in winter months in your lawn area. Sand based sod is normally used for residential purposes and clay based sod is used for commercial applications.

Most sod grown by a farm will be weed and pest free. The sod should be properly mowed and rolls should not fall apart after harvesting.

To get a quote for sod either delivered or picked up please use the following link:

How to get a price for sod

If you need a price for sod all you need to know is the size of your area. Use the link below to get pricing and order sod online anywhere in British Columbia.

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Do I need new turf blend soil If I buy sod?

adding new turf blend soil to a new lawn from sod

Adding new turf blend soil to a new lawn will be critical to the new lawns growth for many years. Preparation is the most important stage when installing new sod. We suggest a minimum depth of 3 inches of new soil over top of an old lawn base, meaning over top of a soil that would be reasonable for growing in. If you are starting new 6-12 inches would be ideal.

New soil for new sod allows the roots to penetrate deep into the sub layer below. Having a strong root system in your turf will allow the plant access to water, nutrients and oxygen all things your new lawn needs to keep healthy.

It is wise to always purchase new soil anytime you are laying a new lawn from sod.

You can purchase top soil for new lawn from BC Instant Lawns here:

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We deliver turf blend soil throughout the following areas of British Columbia:

Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Moody, White Rock, Abbotsford, Delta, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Maple Ridge anywhere throughout Metro Vancouver.

On Vancouver Island: Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland, Duncan, Mill Bay, Parksville.

On the Sunshine Coast: Gibsons, Sechelt, Half-moon Bay, Bowen Island.

In the Okanagan: Kelowna, Penticton, Osoyoos, Princeton, Vernon, Salmon Arm, Oliver, Summerland.

Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton.

If you need assistance you can always call us at 604-454-4954

How to prepare and install a new lawn from sod.

Installing sod / turf grass

Ten step to installing a new lawn from sod:

  1. Remove the old lawn / weeds / debris. In order to install new sod you should always have a properly prepared sub base to enjoy many years of a beautiful lawn. Pulling out all the old lawn area, weeds, rocks and debris gives the new sod unimpeded ability to root deep into the soil. Deeper roots in a lawn area will require less watering in the long run. Deeper roots means more nutrient availability to the plant. Deeper roots mean less pest infestations. Lets focus on a nice clean slate to install our new lawn upon and reap the rewards by way of a healthy lawn area for many years to come. To remove the old lawn handy tools include: sod cutter with a wide blade for large areas, pic axes, small front end loaders to remove the cut out old sod.
  2. Grade the lawn area. This is a very important task and will save you from costly drainage repairs in the future. We want a slight slope away from structures or if a slope aways is impossible at least toward a functioning drainage system. We want a generally flat surface without humps and bumps. Large area will be impossible to do by hand, use a bobcat type machine or if one is not available, a horse with grader.
  3. Add new top soil. Finding a proper soil for new lawns is hard to do. You want a well draining, properly balance ph, non compaction, high nutrient value type soil. Most soils today are not acceptable in my mind for a new lawn area. Wood chips and partially composted materials are a no no. Sand content should be high, around 60-70%. I like a little peat and other organics mixed in. Order turf blend soil from us, end of your problem, unless of course you are reading this from outside the Vancouver, British Columbia area. New turf blend soil should be at least 3 inches thick, exceptions are made for locations where the soil quality is good such as an old garden area or recently installed lawn that was neglected, died and needs replacing. Please follow the new lawn maintenance instructions here.
  4. Final grade the lawn area. Rake and roll, rake and roll, rake and roll. Basically that’s it, just do it a few time unless the soil is fairly compact and your grade is acceptable. Use a half full roller and a wide landscape rake. Don’t roll down steep hills where the roller can get away from you… good thing ICBC has gone to no fault insurance eh?
  5. Lightly roll and rake again. Sort of a redundant statement, I just didn’t know how to get to 10 steps in this article.
  6. Add a root starter fertilizer. Use a 10-30-10 or a high middle number (above 20), granular form, 2 pounds per 1000 square feet.
  7. Pull out your sprinkler. WATER YOUR NEW SOD AS YOU INSTALL IT. Please don’t wait until the very end on a warm day, some people are forgetful after a few beers.
  8. Install the sod. Green side up please… Don’t overlap, don’t leave gaps, unroll the ends, roll down hill (not up). Use a small piece of plywood to step on as to not disturb your grading.
  9. Cut the sod into place and patch in bare spots. Don’t waste those ends and scraps, use them to fill in areas. Use a sharp knife like a box cutter.
  10. Roll the laid out sod lightly. Roll your new lawn to firmly press the roots to the surface.

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That’s basically it for installing a new lawn… Got Questions call us at 604-454-4954

When is a good time to sod a lawn in Vancouver?

New sod laid at an apartment complex is South Surrey completed in the early spring and fully rooted 3 weeks later.

What is the best season to sod a new lawn in Vancouver? The best time of year to lay new sod is the early spring. This doesn’t mean you cannot lay sod at any other point throughout the year, it just means this is the most ideal time. The only time it’s not recommended to lay a new lawn from sod is when the ground is frozen in winter.

The reasoning behind laying a new lawn in spring is that the new sod will require very little maintenance in the way of watering. Spring time in Vancouver is typically cool and moist and will exclude you from bringing out the sprinkler. Some special conditions may required you to water your newly laid sod:

  • Dry periods without rainfall
  • Freezing tends to dry out the soil
  • Unexpected hot weather (20 degrees plus)

Will freezing temperatures damage the new lawn? No, just be sure to keep traffic off the frozen grass blades.

How long until the new sod roots in? The new sod should take within a couple weeks at temperatures in the day time above 10 degrees C. If you lay your new lawn early in the year (Jan./Feb.) the grass will just lay dormant until the temperature rises, it’s not unusual to see bulbs pop up in January in Vancouver when we see a warm period and sod will start to root in as well. Just keep traffic off the new lawn area.

You can lay sod all year round in Vancouver and sod is available from the sod farm, just not when the ground is frozen for the 2-3 weeks in the Lower Mainland.

Need Assistance with your new lawn project?

Got questions? Call us: 604-454-4954 or Visit our Home Page www.bcinstantlawns.com

You can now get instant pricing and order sod and soil online anywhere in British Columbia from BC Instant Lawns.

Where to Pick up sod in Vancouver, B.C.? Delta or Abbotsford Sod Farms

For all customer in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley we have sod pick up locations in Delta and Abbotsford. Orders can be made online in advance. For someday service please call 604-454-4954

The sod farm is open and ready to serve you for 2020. Pick up is now available in Delta and Abbotsford. Use our online order tool to place your order and see our current schedule to pick up your sod. To get a price quote and order online now visit: https://www.bcinstantlawns.com/sodquote.php

Pick up your turf grass rolls in Delta or Abbotsford after you order online.