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wutamess
08-27-2006, 10:35 PM
I'm sick of the high expensive water bills, weed killers & every 3 month fertilizing only to have the summer heat disregard all of my work and kill it anyways.

I bought $150 worth of Meyers/Z-52 sod from the Grass Pad in Lee's Summit $2.79/18"x24" slab. (50 pieces).

I researched this extensively and talked it over with my dad(He's against it) etc. There's pros & cons but the pros significantly outweight the cons so much, it's simply a no-brainer.

Pros:
Cuts down water bills (less watering. In fact, you can damage it by overwatering it).
Chokes out weeds.
Loves full sun (My yard is full sun).
Doesn't require as much fertilizing.
High traffic tolerance.
Very disease resistant.
Excellent drought tolerance.
Less mowing.
Grows by expanding rather than upright.

Cons:
Spreads to neighbors yard (already got their ok a couple of weeks ago).
Turns brown at first frost and doesn't get green until temps are consistently in 80's.
Slow growth (to repair itself).

If those are it, I figure... My yard goes dormant in the winter anyways & also dies (for the season) when it's hot and/or a drought. Only time I get to reap the benefits is for a couple spring months.

This way I know the brutal K.C. summer will finally be appreciated by my lawn. Also, I've known people that spray their yard green for the winter months during times of dormancy. (I wouldn't be oppossed to that option).

Back to the sod...
I started out using a sod plugger. Got bored with that really quick... Ended up hacking up 16-30 sections out of each piece of sod and just diggin up the soil and planting the pieces like the #5 on a die (singular for dice) within a sqaure foot.

Planted the pieces about 6" apart so it'll spread this fall and'll probably be fully meshed by next summer.

I started Friday night and probably will end up finishing tomorrow after work. Every inch of my body is sore as hell... I've been covered in mud & rained on, as well as other things. I couldn't have picked a better weekend all this rain has been a Godsend. Says we got about 8 inches in the last 2 days.

Wondering if any of you all have made the change or have any pointers or anything.

Pics of my yard at its finest to come.

wutamess
08-27-2006, 10:40 PM
http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/531/yard1af7.jpg
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Claynus
08-27-2006, 10:42 PM
Use imageshack to host.

http://www.imageshack.us/

SPchief
08-27-2006, 10:44 PM
Why are you leaving spaces inbetween the sod pieces? As far as I can remember about Zoisia(sp?)
is that it grows together

Phobia
08-27-2006, 10:45 PM
My old man did it when I was a kid. He had a patch of grass that took really well. I don't know what happened to the rest of it. Best of luck. I really hope it works for you.

|Zach|
08-27-2006, 10:47 PM
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c261/dbailey114/caddyshack.jpg

OnTheWarpath58
08-27-2006, 10:51 PM
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c261/dbailey114/caddyshack.jpg


This is a hybrid. This is a cross, ah, of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff. [/Spackler]

wutamess
08-27-2006, 10:53 PM
Why are you leaving spaces inbetween the sod pieces? As far as I can remember about Zoisia(sp?)
is that it grows together


Because I didn't want to sod the entire yard (more expensive)
I wanted to space it enough to where it'll grow together itself.

SPchief
08-27-2006, 10:59 PM
Because I didn't want to sod the entire yard (more expensive)
I wanted to space it enough to where it'll grow together itself.


Cool, was just wondering why. It should look good in the summertime next year. You just have to get used to not having green grass for a good portion of the year.


Remember to water alot the next few weeks.

patteeu
08-27-2006, 11:27 PM
My dad did it when I was young. He didn't do it like you are doing though, he just planted a patch in the center of the backyard and waited for it to spread from there. Your way is more work, but it sounds like a good plan to get it to cover the lawn faster.

It took several years for his patch to spread throughout the yard, but after it did it made for a pretty nice, weed free area. It's not as soft as some grasses, but if you don't mind that, it seems like a good way to go.

blueballs
08-27-2006, 11:29 PM
how you going to christen it with out you
and the wife getting caught by the neighbors?

wutamess
08-27-2006, 11:32 PM
how you going to christen it with out you and the wife getting caught by the neighbors?

Haven't figured that one out yet. :hmmm:

blueballs
08-27-2006, 11:34 PM
too much work for sex
not to be involved
somehow

Phobia
08-27-2006, 11:35 PM
It took several years for his patch to spread throughout the yard,

Which is the way I remember it. Plus I remember much trepedation and whining about it coupled with phone calls to whomever sold him the plugs and them sending several more boxes of comp plugs. I'm not saying you're likely to be disappointed, I'm just saying that you may wish to brace yourself.

wutamess
08-27-2006, 11:38 PM
Which is the way I remember it. Plus I remember much trepedation and whining about it coupled with phone calls to whomever sold him the plugs and them sending several more boxes of comp plugs. I'm not saying you're likely to be disappointed, I'm just saying that you may wish to brace yourself.

Well I have to keep it well watered for 6 weeks.

I really don't think I'll have a problem with it. These were big sheets of sod I had to cut them down to do what I'm trying to do. If not, I probably won't be calling them to replace it when a sheet only costs $3.

Now the water bill for the summer is going to go through the roof. Can we do a collective rain dance?

BTW: There's plugs & sprigs.
WTF is a sprig?

HMc
08-27-2006, 11:45 PM
i prefer FieldTurf for the yards.

huskerdooz
08-27-2006, 11:47 PM
No past experience comments here, but let me know how this works out for you. I happen to have all the same issues with my lawn that you indicated.

chief2000
08-27-2006, 11:48 PM
Grow these on your front lawn. You will be the most righteous dude.

http://www.chii.ca/Images/field.jpg

mcan
08-28-2006, 12:20 AM
two words...


"FIELD TURF"

phisherman
08-28-2006, 06:15 AM
all praise the Rodeo!

Bob Dole
08-28-2006, 06:26 AM
My dad did it when I was young. He didn't do it like you are doing though, he just planted a patch in the center of the backyard and waited for it to spread from there. Your way is more work, but it sounds like a good plan to get it to cover the lawn faster.

It took several years for his patch to spread throughout the yard, but after it did it made for a pretty nice, weed free area. It's not as soft as some grasses, but if you don't mind that, it seems like a good way to go.

It's probably going to take several years for yours to fill completely as well, but it makes a nice lawn in the end.

ROYC75
08-28-2006, 06:33 AM
Stay with it, it will work well. As for my yard, I'm tossed on what to do. Probally 80% shade, high traffic and 2 big hard maple trees sucking the moisture away from the yard.

I need help.......... Been thinking about taking it out! Replace it with decorative garden like yard........

Anybody got a good idea besides this option ?

Robo-Chachi
08-28-2006, 08:14 AM
My yard is a dirty, good for nothing whore.

ChiefsfaninPA
08-28-2006, 08:21 AM
My yard is a dirty, good for nothing whore.

Sort of like your............nah, man I am not even going to say it.