Category Archives: Knowledge

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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 or snowed upon, 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, even when dormant.
  • Planting sod ALL YEAR is perfectly fine in Albuquerque and the nearby surrounding region with similar elevations.


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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 thru Fall 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.

ALBUQUERQUE LOT OPENING MARCH 18, 2019!

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 during our business hours, which vary depending on location.

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 (October-March):
    • We deliver sod Tuesdays through 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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Ahh…September, the month for planting seed for next years harvest

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!

Remember, sod is the safest natural play surface on earth and it does so much to beautify your home.  

Should I seed or sod my yard?


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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 Stockosorb® crystals to your tilled soil using a spreader, AFTER you have added your other soil amendments, 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 bit goes a long way!

Please call us for any more information.

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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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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Buy New Mexico!

Category : Knowledge , Products , Turf Care

Did You Know?

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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How To Order Your Sod

Category : Knowledge , Ordering Info

To ensure that we have the freshest 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 in advance.


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

48-72 hours notice is necessary when placing an order.

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

We are open on Tuesday and Friday mornings for pre-ordered sod pick-ups. If no sod is sold for these days, 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.

 CALL US AT 505-832-4247


Delivery Orders

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


Desperate for Sod?

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

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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Albuquerque Lot Open for Season Monday March 12th!

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!

Albuquerque Sales Lot

3430-A Pan American Freeway NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

DIRECTIONS TO ABQ SALES LOT:

From I-25 and I-40 Interchange:

  • Take I-25 North to Comanche exit (Exit 227)
  • Turn right (East) on Comanche
  • First right (South) is Princeton
  • First right (West) is Aztec
  • We are at the corner of Pan American Fwy and Aztec

If you are on city streets:

  • Take the north I-25 frontage road from Candelaria
  • We are at the corner of Pan American Fwy and Aztec (two streets north of Candelaria)

Call to order your sod today!

505-832-4247

Pick up your order or have it delivered!


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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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