Buck Jones Nursery started with sod sales 40 years ago and remains a strong part of our business today. We sell over eight million square feet of sod a year. That’s over 180 acres of sod!
We’re old hats at this, but know that for someone considering purchasing and installing sod at their home or business there is more planning involved than many other landscape
projects. When it’s time to purchase sod, you can’t just show up at a nursery have the exact sod you are looking for waiting for you to throw into the trunk of your car and be on
your way. Because of the way sod is harvested and transported it requires some advance notice and scheduling.
Our sod managers try to educate our customers on how the process works, but sometimes they can be tough to get on the phone during the busy season, so to save you some time we thought we’d make it a little simpler by answering some Frequently Asked Questions here on our website.
Why don’t you stock pallets of sod the way you stock shrubs and trees?
Sod is a perishable item, and the way it is packaged makes it susceptible to turning into a 4’x4’x4′ compost pile in a matter of days. A pallet of sod consists of over 180 rectangular pieces of damp sod (soil, roots, and grass) piled on top of each other in layers. The sod generates heat and will start to decompose from the interior and lowest layers of the pallet working its way out if not removed from the pallet in a timely manner. We prefer to order in sod that is already sold so that it doesn’t sit on a pallet and decompose.
How do I get the sod to my house?
We ship sod on flatbed tractor trailers with a forklift on the back of the truck. This allows the driver to quickly offload the sod and set it curbside for the customer. There is a delivery fee for this service, but considering most people can only transport one pallet of sod at a time on a personal pickup truck or trailer which then has to be offloaded by hand, it is a huge timesaver to have us deliver and unload for you.
Will a pallet of sod fit in my pickup truck or trailer?
Typically a pallet of sod will fit in a full sized pickup truck. The dimensions are approximately 4’x4’x4′ and it weighs around 2,000 lbs (1 ton). Toolboxes or other custom modifications may make loading a pallet with a forklift difficult, so make sure to measure clearance and check with the recommended weight limitations on any vehicle to ensure it isn’t overloaded.
Why does it cost more to buy sod by the piece than in full pallets?
It is very important that sod is laid out within 48 hours of being cut. Unloading a pallet of sod onto a flat area conducive to watering requires a great deal of labor, and when sold it has to be picked back up and loaded into a vehicle. The labor involved in this process increases our cost of the product which is then reflected in the price.
Why can’t I get Fescue in the summer?
Fescue is a cool season grass that shows a great deal of stress in hot weather, it typically goes dormant during a hot, dry summer and doesn’t establish roots well at this time of year. Because of the likelihood that the sod will not perform well at certain is installed during the summer, we do not sell it when the weather conditions are unfavorable for Fescue establishment.
How much notice do I need to give to order sod?
Three to four business days is best to ensure you can receive the sod on the day you need it. Sometimes it can be acquired with less notice, but if your schedule is not flexible, the more notice you can give the better.
How much should I order at a time?
Only order what you can get installed in a day at a time. If you need ten pallets of sod (5,000 square feet), but can only lay three pallets a day, stagger your delivery or pickup so that you don’t have more than you can install per day. Sod that stays on a pallet will deteriorate quickly, especially in hot weather. Have your prep work done before the sod arrives, even a few hours makes a significant difference in the condition of the sod as it sits on the pallet.