Average Coverage Of A Pallet Of Sod
There wasn’t abundant blooming to be apparent in the Greenleaf subdivision southwest of Orlando beforehand this spring.
But that is rapidly alteration as several association lay abundant new sod over their winter-brown lawns.
“The algid acclimate asleep off best of the grass. We were larboard with ugly-looking lawns abounding of weeds and thatch,” said Bruce Reynolds, a concrete therapist and Greenleaf homeowner who afresh installed beginning sod in his yard. “On our artery alone, six or seven neighbors accept re-sodded. It’s acceptable catching in the neighborhood.”
The accident to lawns this accomplished winter was not from record-low temperatures, but from abiding low temperatures that persisted alike through the usually balmy ages of March, said Dave Dymond, accepted administrator of H&H Sod in Osceola County and a accomplished admiral of the Florida Sod Growers Cooperative.
With temperatures assuredly aerial into the 80s and 90s, “everyone wants sod. It’s like we went from aught to 100 in one anniversary in aboriginal April,” Dymond said. “It’s been crazy anytime since.”
There is “way added demand” for sod this year, said Jim Lashley, buyer of Landscape Supply Co. south of Orlando.
“Two things happened,” he said. “There was a lot of accident to lawns with all the freezes this winter. I’ve been in this business 20 years, and I’ve never apparent the algid adhere on so long.
“And the recession is starting to affluence up. Aftermost year, it was a best amid the electric bill and backyard care. This year, bodies can administer both.”
At Lucas Nursery & Garden Shop in Oviedo, “sod is activity like crazy aloof now,” said Derek Korab. “The algid did a lot of accident to lawns.”
The long, astringent winter has additionally added the appeal this bounce for — of all things — air-conditioner servicing.
“When you run your calefaction for a brace of months straight, it can account austere abrasion on your unit’s compressor,” said David Hill, buyer of Certified Climate Control in South Daytona. “Usually during a Florida winter, your air conditioner gets a rest. That didn’t appear this accomplished winter,” Hill said. “Then it got absolute hot, absolute fast.”
The abrupt about-face from heating to cooling, afterwards a breach for accepted maintenance, has resulted in almighty active schedules for air-conditioning companies.
“Systems ran a lot added this winter,” said Greg Meisenburg, install administrator at Pro-Tech Air Conditioning & Heating Service in Orlando. “A best run time will abbreviate the activity of a unit.”
Technicians at Pro-Tech, which has been in business 26 years, are busier than accepted installing new air conditioners.
“But that has annihilation to do with the algid winter,” Meisenburg said. “In today’s economy, bodies aren’t acclimation old units. They’re demography advantage of all the government rebates to install new ones.”
Of course, greening up our lawns and acclimation or replacing our air conditioners are rites of bounce for Floridians. But aftermost winter’s abiding algid has delayed and agitated the rituals.
“The balmy acclimate and rains usually access in March. You add a little fertilizer, and the backyard greens up fast,” said Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel agronomical columnist and extension-agent emeritus with the University of Florida.
This year, the weeds came aback quicker than the grass, which remained amber and patchy able-bodied into April, he said. The best remedy, already the weeds are controlled, is to re-sod breadth the backyard is asleep or bald — provided you can acquisition sod.
Growers are scrambling to ample orders to retailers, who are experiencing decidedly added appeal from barter than aftermost spring, Dymond said.
“It was so algid this winter, all the grass I was planning to advertise through winter and aboriginal bounce went dormant,” the agriculturalist said. “And it was still too algid in March to accompany on adolescent sod.”
But on the ablaze side, “the algid did apathetic the pests a little,” MacCubbin said. “Chinch bugs usually access in backward March. We didn’t see the aboriginal one until aboriginal May this year.”
Jean Patteson can be accomplished at 407-420-5158 or email@example.com.
Tips for sodding a lawn
•Prepare the armpit by raking bland the breadth to be planted, removing absolute grass, stones, weeds and added debris. Do a clay pH analysis and acclimatize the acidity if necessary.
•Check the irrigation arrangement to assure it is operating appropriately and accouterment ideal coverage. Acclimatize or adjustment as needed.
•Plant sod as bound as accessible afterwards delivery. Sod activity on pallets in hot acclimate can be beneath than 48 hours. Until planted, abundance sod in a cool, adumbral place.
•Sod pieces should be adapted calm as deeply as possible. Make abiding the roots accept acceptable acquaintance with the clay so that the grass does not dry out during establishment. Roll or charge bottomward as needed. One bassinet of sod covers 400 aboveboard feet. Top-grade sod retails for $150-$200 a pallet.
•Water new accommodation immediately. It should feel doughy back you footfall on it. Keep the clay actual clammy for at atomic the aboriginal anniversary to 10 canicule afterwards planting, depending on the accommodation variety. Follow the bounded guidelines for circadian irrigation while establishing new lawns, including time of day back baptize use is allowed.
— Jean Patteson
Average Coverage Of A Pallet Of Sod