We realize with the coronavirus pandemic, that you may feel “stuck at home” with time on your hands. You’ve probably decided that would be a good time to start sprucing up your yard for Spring and Summer. We understand!
While our farm and Albuquerque location will remain open for sales and deliveries, in light of events surrounding COVID-19, we are limiting public visits to order pickups and associated sales, and implementing the following safety measures to ensure our staff remains healthy:
Through-out our sod growing industry, some farmers are turning to using plastic netting to hold their sod rolls together, rather than waiting until the root system grows to a total mature age.
Using a netting benefits only the farmer…not their customer!
Recently, a customer drove to our Moriarty farm to purchase our premium sod. Last year, he bought sod from one of the large outlet chain stores; but sod died during the winter. He shared, when rototilling the dirt, all of the netting, which was still in the dead roots, twined up the roto-tiller and caused much trouble clearing the rototiller. Obviously he was happy that we, at StoneGate TurfGrass Ranch, never take the short path, and wait the long growing period until our sod is totally mature and healthy.
NO NETTING AT OUR FARM…EVER!
We appreciate your business, but rather more…your friendship!
Some sod is imported, into New Mexico, from as many as 5 states. This sod travels many miles (two, maybe three days); drying out during their long trip! Out of state deliveries are limited to one or two maximum per week; causing micro-organisms to grow and build inside old pallets of sod.
Our farm, StoneGate TurfGrass Ranch, is located just 35 miles east of Albuquerque, and we will deliver our fresh cut sod, usually within one-two hours. We promise you will receive the freshest, healthiest, and greenest sod available…and grown closest to Albuquerque.
As usual, we will meet you with a friendly greet and a broad smile – that’s just who we are.
Both our Albuquerque Lot & Moriarty Farm are closed December 16, 2019 – January 6, 2020. No sod will be sold during this time.
WE ARE STILL SELLING ALFALFA HAY OVER OUR HOLIDAY BREAK!
We know your horses and livestock still need to eat!
For HAY ONLY (at farm after 12/16), call Don at 505-350-1906 to make arrangements.
Actually, it requires 18-24 months, from seeding to harvest, to achieve a quality, mature sod; ready for market. Sure, some farms will lay a plastic netting down that lets the grass grow up through it; allowing for a 9-12 month harvest; but, the plant may not be fully mature and will sometimes fail to produce the desired results.
When we purchase sod, we expect it to continue to grow for many, many years; possibly providing a lifetime of enjoyment. So if you have any questions regarding sod, verses other ground cover options, we just might be the ones who can help!
Our Albuquerque lot will be reopening to serve you Monday through Friday beginning Monday, March 12th! We look forward to helping you beautify your yard for the warm weather season!
3430-A Pan American Freeway NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
DIRECTIONS TO ABQ SALES LOT:
From I-25 and I-40 Interchange:
If you are on city streets:
It seems we all shop and compare prices. Milk, butter, oranges, gasoline, motor oil, etc. all share the same thing; there is little difference from one producer to another.
But, when it comes to sod, there are vast differences in quality; however, many folks don’t shop and compare. Even if the sod looks like it has been sitting around for a week, or longer, many will buy it because it’s just cheap and convenient to purchase! Will it even survive once you lay it down?
Much of the sod purchased from the big outlet stores is brought in from out of state, which many do not know. It takes about an hour to deliver our sod from our farm to our retail lot, in Albuquerque; not a full day or two that it might take from an out of state farm! Our sod never sits around for more than a few hours; simply because we never harvest unless it is ordered and pre-sold. The big stores can’t, or won’t do that, because it takes too much labor to spend time selling low profit items such as sod. But…we promise to take as much time as needed to explain and educate you, our very valued customers, on the value of a green, healthy lawn.
Thank you for choosing us, when selecting our sod for your next project!
The lush, beautiful lawn you desire can be achieved through a variety of methods. Seeding and laying sod are two of the most common options, and if installed and cared for properly, either option can provide you with the lawn of your dreams.
There are many differences between choosing to seed or lay sod, but the end result is usually the same, as well as the maintenance level after established.
Use top quality seed. Ask about germination rates. Grade 1 is better than Grade 5.
Using a spreader will ensure you get the proper coverage of seed. Too much coverage of seed can cause the seed to compete with each other. Too little and you will have bare spots. A spreader will work perfectly.
Don’t seed in the hot summer months. Seeds have to compete with usual summer weeds, and do not germinate well in heat and inadequate moisture during the summer. Spring and fall are usually the best times to lay seed.
Planting seed too deep will not allow it to germinate. Laying seed and covering with about 1/8th inch of topsoil is plenty to start germination.
Choose fresh, healthy sod. You don’t usually find quality sod in the big box stores.
Proper soil preparation is one of the most important steps prior to sodding. The optimal soil will be a loamy mix, therefore clay type soils will need amendments such as compost and peat moss.
Category : Knowledge
Well, they’re back at it again! We’ve heard that local nurseries might be telling customers that they are getting their sod from us. This happened to us a couple years ago too.
Wow! We didn’t know we were THAT popular!
If someone other than us is telling you that they sell our sod, we’d appreciate knowing, so give us a call!