Having a well-manicured lawn is a must for most homeowners. If you are moving into a newly constructed home, you may find that you need to invest in sod to finish your landscaping. Purchasing sod from a sod farm can be a great way to access the grass you need quickly, but there are some considerations you must take into account before picking up your sod order.
Here are three things you should know prior to your sod pickup date.
1. When will the sod farm be cutting your grass?
Planning your sod pickup can be tricky, but finding out when the farm plans to cut the sod for your order can be beneficial in pinpointing a date to complete the pickup. Once sod is cut and placed on pallets, it should be installed as quickly as possible.
During the warm summer months you shouldn't led sod sit on the pallet any longer than two days, otherwise you run the risk of the sod you just purchased turning yellow and dying off. Be sure that you plan to pick up your sod order the same day it is cut to ensure freshness.
2. Will a pallet fee be charged?
Most sod farms load rolls or squares of cut sod onto pallets to make transport easier. If you want to avoid any unexpected fees, it can be beneficial to ask if your supplier charges a pallet fee. This fee is generally levied to cover the cost of the pallets you take along with your sod, since most customers don't return the pallets when finished.
It doesn't hurt to ask if you can supply your own pallets to help eliminate the pallet fee from your order. Knowing whether or not you will be paying a pallet fee will ensure that you bring enough money to cover the cost of your order when you pick up your sod.
3. How heavy will each pallet be?
To ensure that you have access to a vehicle equipped to carry the weight of your sod order, it's essential that you find out the total weight of each pallet you will be loading.
Depending on how much moisture the sod retains at the time of cutting, a pallet can weigh anywhere from 1,500 to 3,000 pounds. The average half-ton pickup truck is equipped to carry about 250 squares of sod (the equivalent of one-half pallet). Be sure that you have a vehicle that can withstand the weight of your sod order, or plan to make multiple trips before picking up your sod.
Knowing some important questions to ask prior to pickup will make transporting your own sod easier in the future. For more information, check out the site of a local sod farmer.