UTTERBACK SOD FARM
ALL ABOUT US
At Utterback Sod Farm, a family run company, you won’t only find what you need; you’ll get the best quality at a fair price. With decades of experience in the sod industry, we have the expertise to thoroughly and efficiently serve our customers to ensure they’re never disappointed.
Whether you’re a one-time homeowner or a long time landscaper, you can count on us to provide great products and excellent service, every step of the way.
Call for current pricing on all our great products and information on package deals! (916) 363-1550
*Sod orders are available for pick up or deliveries. Deliveries require a minimum of 500sqft and will incur a delivery fee depending on destination. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer free delivery.
Remove old lawn and spade or rototill the area 4"-6" inches deep. Organic soil amendments can be added if necessary. Sand can be added to improve drainage.
Install sod as soon as possible, within 24 hours. The hotter the weather, the sooner it must be laid to ensure healthy sod. To install, fit sod closely end to end.Stagger placement of strips to give a brick-like pattern. Avoid using small patches (less than 1 square foot), as they are prone to drying out quickly.
Break up clods and grade and smooth area. This will ensure proper water drainage. Slope should be 1" per 10 feet.
After sod is in place, give sod a light watering and roll with a water ballast type roller to ensure good contact between sod and soil.
Roll the area to provide a firm base for the sod. Soil surface should be 1-1.5 inches below sidewalks or border areas to allow for sod thickness. Evenly spread a turf starter (18-24-6) fertilizer on the prepared area.
WATER! Saturate sod IMMEDIATELY after rolling the sod to approximately 6 inches deep. THIS IS CRUCIAL. You should be able to slide a screwdriver easily into the lawn. You are trying to get the roots to grow from our soil into yours and the deeper the roots, the more drought resistant and healthier it will be.
Height of cut varies from season to season and the amount of traffic. However, never allow our Fescue and Bluegrass to exceed 3 inches in height. The best cutting height for our sod is 1.5 to 2 inches. Our sod should be cut at 2 inches during the summer. The lower the lawn is mowed, the higher the maintenance costs, so never cut over 1/3 of the top growth in one mowing and remove the clippings after mowing.
After Installation, a new sod lawn should be saturated to a depth of 6 inches. Reduce frequency and increase depth of water penetration after this period. Established lawns require 1" of water per week when it 70F. Avoid night and evening waterings, as it increases the risk of fungus.
A good rule of thumb for watering:
70F = 1" 90F = 3"
80F = 2" 100F = 4"
Fertilize regularly throughout the year, typically once a month. A strong and vigorous lawn requires fertilization. Your new lawn should be fertilized about 15 days after installation with a turf builder or any complete fertilizer.
Fertilizer Yearly Schedule
January-February: Fertilizer with a pre-emergent chemical to prevent crabgrass. Examples include Scott'sTurf Builder with Halts and Best Fertilizer's Weed and Feed
April-May: Complete fertilizer such as: Scott's Turf Builder, Best Fertilizer, Turf Supreme and Turf Royal
June-July: No fertilizing
September-October: Fertilizer with a pre-emergent chemical to prevent Fall weeds. Use products such as Scott'sTurf Builder with Halts and Best Fertilizer's Weed and Feed
Avoid watering lawn between the hours of 6pm to 2am in the summertime, this helps to prevent fungus.
Avoid fertilizing with a high nitrogen fertilizer, as this promotes fungus growth.
Don't let your lawn get too tall, this prevents air circulation, which creates an ideal environment for fungus.
Do not fertilize during hot weather (90F+)
Fescue is our most popular blend. It is 90% Fescue and 10% Bluegrass blend. If you look carefully at the sod, the thicker blades are the fescue and the thinner blades are the blue. This blend is more durable and drought resistant. This makes our fescue ideal for backyards where there are dogs, children or lots of activity. Also, this fescue is not as high maintenance as our bluegrass blend, making it the natural choice for busy homeowners or those that do not quite have that green thumb.
Bluegrass is our more delicate blend. It is 85% Kentucky Blue and 15% Manhattan Rye. The blades of this blend are finer and softer. Because of the finer blades, our plush bluegrass cannot recover as quickly from heavy foot traffic or dogs. This blend has a higher risk of developing fungus, because the blades are denser, compared to our fescue. So, homeowners must be attentive to the watering schedule. Despite all these aspects, the bluegrass is popular our homeowners that love to show off a beautiful front yard and do not mind the extra effort.
We sell 20 pound bags of 10-20-20 starter fertilizer. It comes in granular form and covers up to 5,000 square feet. You can use this fertilizer on your new grass, shrubs, trees, evergreens, and new seeding!
DIYing your turf installation? You are going to need a sod roller to ensure the best contact between our soil and yours. The roller is also important in smoothing out the small bumps and lumps in your soil for a nice, smooth yard with optimal drainage. Poor drainage invites fungus and other issues to your beautiful lawn.
Seed and Sod Knives
We have 5, 7, and 50 pound bags of seed. Fill in patches that the dog ruined or the spots the sprinklers missed!
Use our specialty sod knives to cut your rolls of sod to the exact size and shape of your area.
Mon: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Tue: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Wed: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Thu: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Fri: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Sat: 7:30am - 11:00am
9986 Horn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95827, USA