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Sod Ordering for Fall & Winter

Category : Ordering Info

On October 2nd 2017, we began our fall/winter hours of operation.

We answer phones 8:30am to 11:45am Monday through Friday.

We will deliver sod to your home or job site Tuesdays and Fridays, for a delivery charge.

Special pick ups can be scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays at our ALBUQUERQUE LOT, if we have enough orders to bring in a truck from our farm. You will have to call ahead to schedule this pick up. (Number below)

As always, you may come out to our farm in Moriarty during the fall and winter (hours below). We cut throughout fall and winter, as long as there isn’t snow on the ground or the ground is not frozen (which doesn’t happen very much here in NM at our farm).

If you are planning on coming out to the MORIARTY FARM, please call us in the morning first (number below) to check on farm weather conditions, as they can be quite different than the weather in Albuquerque.

Phone Orders & Info Line:

832-4247

ANSWERED MONDAY THRU FRIDAY
8:30 am- 11:45 am – Fall & Winter (October 2017 through March 2018)

Moriarty Farm:

Monday – Friday
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Closed 12-1 for lunch
***Closed Saturdays and Sundays through mid-March 2018***


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Sale Extended through September!

Category : Ordering Info , Products

Special Sod Pricing!

We are running an awesome special on our sod for the
EXTENDED THROUGH SEPTEMBER!

59¢ per sq ft – Albuquerque
54¢ per sq ft – Moriarty

StoneGate Farm Entrance

(Regularly 76¢/sq ft)

Call now to place your order!
Ends September 30th!

505-832-4247


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Closed for Labor Day Weekend!

Category : Uncategorized

laborday

We will be closed at both locations for the Labor Day weekend, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, but will be back on Tuesday morning!

Please be safe and enjoy your three day weekend!


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Should I Seed or Sod My Yard?

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.

Seeding

Pros:

  • Establishing turf from seed requires less labor to install, but more care during the germination and establishment stages.
  • The initial investment is less, because you are not paying for the 18-24 months farm labor to grown turf ready to cut for sod rolls.
  • More selection of turf seed can be found than sod types.
  • Faster installation than rolls of turf.
  • Difficult areas can be successfully seeded.
  • High quality seed will yield higher quality results.

Cons:

  • Needs more “baby sitting”.
  • The amount of time accomplish the final result…a lawn you can use.
  • Traffic should be kept completely off a seeded area until it is at least 2″ tall.  Even then, it should be mainly undisturbed, since foot traffic, pets, etc., can easily destroy tender seedlings.
  • Frequent watering during germination. The ground should be kept moist during the entire germination process.
  • Seed cannot be planted all year long (sod can, if the ground isn’t frozen). It does not germinate below a certain temperature, and has a hard time germinating in the summer heat.
  • Weed control during establishment stage is necessary.
  • Erosion is more likely to happen to a seeded area vs. a sodded area. Even if it rains once during the germination process, the pattern can end up very patchy and may need to be over-seeded several times.
  • Low quality seed will yield low quality results.  Many seed mixes you find at a big box store are not even designed for the area you live in. These low quality mixes often contain weed seeds, have low germination rates, and could contain grasses that you do not want. Seeding rates may be difficult for the average person to calculate, and when incorrect can have a negative impact on seed germination. An NTEP rated variety, which means it has been independently evaluated and rated by the National Turf Evaluation Program, means these selected grass seeds have been specifically bred for superior green grass color, disease and insect resistance and drought tolerance.

Tips for Seeding

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.

Sodding

Pros:

  • Instant lawn
  • Can be walked on within days of planting.
  • Instant erosion protection.
  • Great for sloped areas or erosion-prone areas where seed would have difficulty surviving.

Cons:

  • Higher initial cost.
  • To establish you will need to use a larger volume of water than after established.
  • Requires a lot of manual labor to install.

Tips for Sodding

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.


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Special August Sod Pricing

Category : Ordering Info , Products

Special Sod Pricing for August!

We are running an awesome special on our sod for the
ENTIRE MONTH OF AUGUST!

59¢ per sq ft – Albuquerque
54¢ per sq ft – Moriarty

StoneGate Farm Entrance

(Regularly 76¢/sq ft)

Call now to place your order!
ENDS AUGUST 31st!

505-832-4247


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No Netting…Ever!

Category : Knowledge , Products , Turf Care

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 rotortiller 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!


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Buy New Mexico!

Category : Knowledge , Products , Turf Care

Recently, we addressed that 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.

This heat and micro-organisms cause sod rotting and spoiling.

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.


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Shop and Compare Your Sod

Category : Knowledge , Turf Care

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!


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Don’t Be Fooled

Category : Knowledge

StoneGate Farm EntranceWell, 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!

Our sod is ONLY sold directly from our Moriarty farm or from our Albuquerque store on the Northbound I-25 frontage road (north of Candelaria).

If someone other than us is telling you that they sell our sod, we’d appreciate knowing, so give us a call!

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October is Your Lucky Month!

Category : Ordering Info , Products

WHOLESALE PRICE TO THE PUBLIC!

Yes, during the month of October, we at StoneGate TurfGrass Ranch, are offering our premium sod at wholesale pricing; to all who wish to install a new lawn before winter. Why are we making such an offer?  Well, quite frankly, we need the revenue in order to continue to pay our staff; throughout the winter.  Our responsibility to our employees runs the entire year; not just during the growing season.

Is there a catch? Yes.  You must:
  • Purchase a minimum of 455 square feet of sod (1 pallet)
  • Pick it up at our farm in Moriarty
  • PRINT AND BRING COUPON TO RECEIVE OFFER!
    (Click here to print coupon)

This offer is only for the month of October.  We will not make this offer again, since it wouldn’t be fair to our wholesale customers.

Sales at our farm are always on a “cash only” basis, however during October, we are accepting credit card, personal and/or company checks.       


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