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Needing Sod for Memorial Day?

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If you are planning on laying sod this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, please keep in mind the following schedule for both of our locations (Albuquerque and Moriarty Farm).

We will be closed in honor of Memorial Day on Saturday, May 27th thru Monday, May 29th. Will will reopen Tuesday, May 30th at 8:00am.

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Happy Memorial Day! We are grateful for all the veterans who sacrificed for our freedom!

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Keep Your Soil Moist with Stockosorb®

What is Stockosorb®?

Stockosorb® is a man-made water-absorbing polymer that is designed to improve the capability of soils and other growing media to retain water and plant nutrients. It can be used for the same reasons you would use peat moss mixed in the soil…to retain water near the roots.  Once in contact with water, it will absorb 10 times it weight in water.

How to Apply to Your Soil

We recommend that you add it to your tilled soil AFTER you add your amendments, using a spreader, and rake it in at about 2″ depth (closest to root level). Do not add water to it until you have laid your sod.

How Stockosorb® Works

Once the Stockosorb® crystals come in contact with water, they will capture water that would have otherwise been lost into the aquifer. They will expand to hold up to 10 times their weight in water and keep the captured water at the root level of the sod. This means that the next time your grass is thirsty, it will “drink” from the water absorbed by the Stockosorb® first, allowing you to save on water usage.

Stockosorb® crystals remain in the soil for 7-10 years (dependent upon soil conditions, etc).

You can also use Stockosorb® when planting trees, plants, in potted plants and gardens, and even in your indoor plants.  Just be careful, as a little amount goes a long way!

Please call us for any more information.


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Put Something Beautiful In Your Yard…Your Family!

Summer is here! Kids are out of school. Are they begging to play outside…or will they decide not to because they don’t have anything nice to play on?

If you have real grass for them to play on, the answer is yes! But if you have Xeriscape, imitation grass, or just plain dirt for a play surface, then expect to raise “couch potatoes” who want to stay inside and play video games for the entire summer.

It’s your choice. Put something beautiful in your yard! Your family…and give them REAL grass to play on. Grass is the safest natural play surface on earth!

Call us today to get started, so your kids will stay active over the summer!

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Caring for Your Turf Grass

WATERING

Water the sod immediately after installation until it’s completely soaked, but not puddled ABOVE the sod. Initially, apply at least 1″ of water so the soil underneath is very wet. Pull back a corner of sod to verify your watering is penetrating the underlying soil. Make sure the water is getting to all the areas of your lawn and no corners or edges are missed by your sprinklers. Weather conditions will dictate the frequency and amount of water to apply. It is critical to keep the underlying soil moist for two weeks or until your turf is well rooted.

As the turf becomes more established, begin deeper, less frequent water applications to promote deeper rooting and hardier turf.

Be sure your new turf grass has enough moisture to survive hot, cold, dry and windy conditions. Generally speaking, as the root system grows deeper, irrigation frequency should be reduced.

GENERAL RULES FOR ESTABLISHING NEW TURF

WEEK 1 – 7AM + 11AM + 2 PM

If the soil remains moist and absolutely no turf wilt is observed, eliminate the 11:00 watering

WEEK 2 – 7AM + 2PM

If the soil remains moist and absolutely no turf wilt is observed, eliminate the 2:00PM watering

WEEKS 3 & 4 – 7AM

If the soil remains moist and absolutely no turf wilt is observed, water every other day.

Eventually taper back to once every two or three days. Adjust according to weather and season – water more frequently during warm or dry weather. Turn off water if it’s windy, as the water evaporates at a much higher rate. Do not water sod between 6 PM and 4 AM, as this can promote turf disease.

FOOT TRAFFIC

During the first couple of weeks after installation, keep traffic off your newly planted turf grass as much as possible. Your new turf grass needs time to firmly knit the roots with the soil. If you have properly watered your newly-laid turf grass, it will be moist and soft. Traffic will create indentures and destroy your smooth grade.

TROUBLESHOOTING

If DRY SPOTS appear in the lawn during the afternoon, the irrigation time should be increased. If dry spots persist, an irrigation uniformity problem is likely, and an additional sprinkler head may be required.

BROWN LAWN areas are most commonly caused by one of three types of problems: Improper watering, burn, or disease. Check for watering and burn problems first before treating for disease.

BROWN SPOTS caused by a burn will result from pet urine, over-fertilization, gasoline spills, etc. Burn spots are distinguished from other types of damage by their “total kill” straw-yellow color. If a burned area is thoroughly flushed with water in the early stage of damage some recovery may occur. Otherwise reseeding or sodding may be necessary. However, with bluegrass, if you are patient, the area will fill itself in. It will just take some time. With fescue, overseeding or re-sodding will be necessary, as it will NOT fill itself in.

To check for LACK OF WATER use a screwdriver or knife to probe the brown areas of your lawn as well as the healthy green areas. If the brown area is more difficult to penetrate then a lack of water is likely. This is usually the result of poor sprinkler spacing or sprinkler malfunction. Saturate the area with a hose as soon as possible and continue to provide supplemental water until the sprinklers are repaired.

EXCESS WATER can cause turf to die by suffocating the plants roots or rotting its crown. This generally occurs in low spots or shady areas. Check for muddy soil, algae crusts, or slimy rotting grass. To correct problems in the shade, reduce irrigation time to that area or replace the sprinklers with lower volume heads. Low spots must either be raised or set up to drain. A French drain might need to be installed, which can be done by local landscape contractor.

DISEASES are almost always related to heat and moisture. However, poor irrigation practices can also promote disease development. The longer moisture stays in the turf foliage the greater the disease risk. Therefore, do not water at night, (between 6 pm and 4 am) since the lawn will stay wet until morning. It is best to irrigate between 6 am and 8 am. Early morning watering reduces evaporation.


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Considering Artificial Grass?

Before you invest your hard-earned money in artificial turf, here are a few reasons you might think twice about it!

1. It’s expensive!

About 10-30 times more than live turf grass, depending on the style of artificial turf you choose.

2. It’s extremely hot during the summer months and can easily be as hot as asphalt.

Your children or pets will not be able to play on it until it is cooled down. To do that, you will have to soak it with many gallons of cold water. WHAT? Isn’t that why you considered it in the first place? To “save on water”, but now you have to soak it WITH water just to “enjoy” using it? Now that doesn’t make much sense…does it?

3. It’s difficult to keep clean.

The easiest way requires large amounts of water to wash away the dirt. That water will run straight into the storm drains and NOT back into the aquifer, opposite the water you would use on live turf. Or you can choose to vacuum it, but since it’s such a huge investment, you’ll want to make sure you maintain it properly by having it professionally cleaned.

4. You trade one for another. Maybe you’ll save a little on your water bill, but not as much as you can save on your electric bill by having LIVE turf in areas surrounding your home or office.

The lawn area (approx. 1000 sq.ft. per home) in a block of eight average homes has the cooling effect of about 70 tons of refrigerated air-conditioning. One ton of refrigerated air-conditioning will cool approximately 400 sq.ft. of interior space. The average home requires about 3-4 ton of cooling capacity to perform its function. Artificial turf will not cool your homes exterior or help with your electric bill in any way.

5. Artificial turf isn’t environmentally friendly as you think.

REAL turf absorbs all types of airborne pollutants, such as soot, dust and carbon dioxide, as well as noise. Artificial turf does not.

 

IMPORTANT ARTIFICIAL TURF ARTICLES

 

Please read the articles below, prior to purchasing and installing artificial turf:

Fake grass has a drawback: It gets too hot, study says

The Las Vegas Sun

(Real) Turfgrass to replace artificial turf at Toronto’s BMO Field

Athletic Turf News

TFC (Toronto’s BMO Field) could be on (real) grass by start of next season
The Toronto Star

Artificial Turf: Does it Increase the Risk of Sports Injuries?
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

At City’s Synthetic Fields, High Lead Levels Fuel Debate
The New York Times

Synthetic Turf Playing Fields Present Unique Dangers
University of Missouri

Artificial Turf Cleaning Tips
Yep, you really DO have to clean it!

Reporter questions plan to irrigate synthetic fields
Athletic Turf News


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How To Order Your Sod

Category : Knowledge , Ordering Info

To ensure that we have fresh product for our customer, AND that we keep our costs down and prices reasonable, we do not carry “extra” sod at our Albuquerque location. All sod we bring into our Albuquerque lot is for customers who have placed an order with us.

Late Spring, Summer, and Early Fall
(March-ish to October-ish)

48-72 hours notice is necessary when placing an order, depending on the day of the week.

Fridays and Saturdays (March-ish to October-ish)

These are busy order days for us. We can only bring in a certain amount of sod per day. If you want to pickup your order on these days, please plan ahead, and call 72 hours in advance of your preferred pickup day.

CALL US AT 505-832-4247

Late Fall, Winter and Early Spring
(October-ish to March-ish)

We still answer the phone Monday-Friday, 8:30am-11:45am in Fall and Winter, but the Albuquerque lot is closed unless special pick ups are scheduled. We still cut sod throughout Fall and Winter, if the ground isn’t frozen or snowed upon, for customers for delivery or FARM pick-up or special pick up arrangements on Tuesdays & Fridays *.

* We are open on Tuesday and Friday mornings for pre-ordered sod pick-ups. Otherwise, the lot is not open, and special plans or delivery must be set up. Please plan accordingly.

We are not open on Saturdays or Sundays during Fall & Winter season.


Delivery Orders

Place your order 24-48 hours ahead of time at 505-832-4247.


Desperate for Sod?

You may visit our farm and we will cut it fresh for you when you arrive. One pallet – 455 sqft – takes about 10 minutes to cut, so you won’t be waiting a long time. Call ahead first!

IN RARE CASES, we have had cancellations in Albuquerque, so if you are needing a small amount, you are welcome to call to check with us.

CALL US AT 505-832-4247


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Water-Saving Advice

Watering your yard really doesn’t have to cost “an arm and a leg.” With a properly planned and operating irrigation system you can cut your water usage as much as 50%. You can start by knowing how much water you are applying at each watering…it’s effortless!

  • Place several empty coffee cans or similar containers around your yard and water until 1″ of water accumulates in the containers.  Time this event – then you will know how long you should water.
  • Plan your watering cycle for every 2nd or 3rd day. If you observe any water runoff, cut the watering time to half and water 2 times during each planned watering day.
  • Shut off the irrigation system if you observe rain and let the rainy day take place of one of your watering cycle days.
  • July and August are months that normally require additional water, possibly as much as 50% more. Water when it’s cooler, such as 3:00am and 8:00pm.
  • Throughout winter months, your lawn will still need water. Water only one time every 10-12 days, during warmer daytime hours, and when there is no snow on the ground.

Simple, right? Now you can enjoy your yard while saving thousands of gallons of water each year, and don’t forget those dollars you will also save!


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When Is Sod Available for Pick-Up or Delivery?

If you are picking up at our ALBUQUERQUE LOT:

Please call 48 hours in advance of your expected pick up day.

  • Spring/Summer/Fall Season Only (March-October):
    • We cut our sod fresh for you, so if you are picking up sod in Albuquerque, sod typically does not arrive at our lot before 9:00 am, but could be as late as 11:00 am. Please call before you come to see if the delivery truck has arrived yet.
    • All sod is pre-ordered for Albuquerque pick-ups, so we usually do not have any extra sod sitting on our Albuquerque lot. But you are always welcome to call and ask, as we do have cancellations every once in a while. We only bring sod in for pickup Tuesdays through Saturdays during the cutting season (not winter). If you need sod on Monday, you will need to go to the farm in Moriarty.

If you are picking up at our MORIARTY FARM:

MORIARTY FARM ORDERS MUST BE PAID IN CASH (In certain circumstances, credit/debit card prepay available via phone)

  • Sod is cut fresh for you when you arrive at the farm to pick it up. We never cut orders at the farm ahead of time, as we really don’t want to see our beautiful sod go to waste if someone decides they cannot come pick up. Cutting it fresh does not take much time out of your day – about 5-7 minutes to cut one pallet of sod (455 sq ft). You won’t have to wait very long and you get the freshest cut sod available in the Southwest.
  • Sod can be picked up Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, and Saturdays 9:00 am – 11:00 am.  The farm is closed on Sundays.

If your sod is BEING DELIVERED to your location:

DELIVERIES MUST BE PRE-PAID WITH CREDIT/DEBIT CARD (credit/debit card prepay available via phone)

  • Spring/Summer/Fall Season Only (March-October):
    • We deliver sod Tuesdays – Fridays all year long. Fridays are our busiest delivery days, so we recommend that you call well in advance, if you wish to have your sod delivered on a Friday.
  • Currently, we are delivering our Fescue blends.  We are not cutting any Park Blend or Bluegrass at this time.
  • Delivery pricing is dependent upon location. Please call 505-832-4247 for delivery pricing.
    • We do not deliver on Saturdays.
    • Monday afternoon deliveries are upon special request only.

Paying for Your Order:

  • Deliveries must paid at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled delivery day.
  • Deliveries can be paid over the phone (505-832-4247) via credit card, or in person at our Albuquerque lot (with cash, credit/debit card or check). Our delivery driver will bring your sod receipt with him.
  • Sod orders for pick-up at our Albuquerque lot can be paid when ordered OR upon pick-up, but must be paid in full prior to taking your order from our lot.

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Yes! You CAN Plant Sod All Year Round!

We are often asked questions regarding how long we will cut sod, when it’s available, when we stop cutting for the year, or if it’s a good time to plant, and similar.

  • We cut sod and have it available ALL YEAR ROUND (as long as the ground isn’t’ frozen, which doesn’t happen too often here in the Southwest).
  • We never stop cutting sod (again, only if the ground is frozen).
  • Sod can be planted ALL YEAR ROUND.
  • Planting sod ALL YEAR is perfectly fine in Albuquerque and the nearby surrounding areas.

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Great Reasons to Grow a Lawn

Mowing, watering, fertilizing, edging and spraying a home lawn requires commitment and attention. However, it also serves you well and improves your environment.

The next time you are mowing, thinking that Xeriscape may be the ONLY alternative, consider this:

A. The lawn area (approx. 1000 sq.ft. per home) in a block of eight average homes has the cooling effect of about 70 tons of refrigerated air-conditioning. One ton of refrigerated air-conditioning will cool approximately 400 sq.ft. of interior space. The average home requires about 3-4 ton of cooling capacity to perform its function. Consider then, how much energy those lawns save on your electric bill by cooling the exterior areas around your home.

B. Grass and mature trees cool the air and encourage rainfall. Rocked yards, parking lots, sidewalks, streets, stucco homes, etc. perform the opposite!

C. On an extremely hot day, grass can be 15-20 degrees cooler than exposed soil and as much as 40-60 degrees cooler than concrete or asphalt.

D. Acting like a gigantic sponge, lawns absorb all types of airborne pollutants, such as soot, dust and carbon dioxide, as well as noise. While your lawn is busily performing any of these functions, you may not have noticed, it is very quiet and has no moving parts.

E. Recent studies show healthy lawns absorb rainfall 6 times more effectively than a wheat field, 4 times more than a hay field and 50-100 times more than hard-packed dirt – being exceeded only by virgin forest. Lawns hold and filter the rain back to the aquifer, where everyone can use it again, and again, and again!

F. Remember, our planet has every drop of water that has ever been on earth. However, it is redeposited in different ways and areas. Many times it is lost forever, due to man’s ignorance of his environment, such as, banning green areas (grass) in favor of Xeriscape. (See E.)

G. A 50×50 foot healthy grass area will produce enough oxygen to meet the needs of a family of four every day. Most Xeriscape yards provide little to no oxygen.

H. Quality turf grass not only reduces runoff water, it also prevents erosion by water or wind which results in the loss of valuable topsoil. Unfortunately, most Xeriscape yards aren’t even TRUE Xeriscape, and have nothing more than rock and gravel, with sometimes small green plantings, which provides little or no runoff protection.

I. Homes, sports fields and parks, with healthy lawns, provide safer recreation areas where grass acts as a cushion to reduce shock and potential injury. In addition, children can’t or won’t play in rocks, tumbleweeds or sand – they prefer grass.

J. Aesthetically, there can be no argument that a beautiful lawn is immediately pleasing and relaxing in appearance. When comparing a grassed area to a rocked area, there is no question as to which is more pleasurable to the senses.

K. While some may scorn its needs, others find lawn maintenance an excellent opportunity to enjoy reasonable exercise and a break away from the tv, computer, or other household happenings.


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