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Get Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Sod

If you're thinking whether sod problems are standard for all lawns? The answer is yes and no. It's complicated, you have to know all about your soil type and the condition it is in. At Jirik Sod Farms we intend to help you address these problems and find solutions to them so that you can enjoy a healthy and lush lawn for years to come.

Questions like "Is the soil lacking minerals and nutrients to be able to establish a hearty and healthy lawn?" or "Is it the variety of seed that was planted there that might be wrong for your area?" need to be asked and answered. 

Below are some answers to general questions that we get asked a lot and some "how to" for our seed blends and our sod. Please keep in mind that without knowing exactly what type of soil or lawn you are dealing with, some things here may need to be adjusted for your lawn's specific needs.

For starters, if you are curious about your lawn's soil conditions, you can contact your local County Extension Office, and they will be able to help you connect with someone to come take soil samples or tell you where to drop off the sample. 

Sod Problems You May Face During the Spring Season

Q. I have tunneling in my yard. What should I do?
A. Let's get down to business in figuring out which pesky rodent is frustrating you. Entry points for moles are usually obscured by piles of dirt, while those of voles usually are not. Mole holes are roughly over 2" in diameter, while those of voles are 1" to 2". Moles like to leave dirt heaps, whereas voles just have a hole they enter through. Moles generally consume soil bugs, grubs and earthworms, while voles largely favor the roots of plants, such as your once beautiful lawn.

Q. I have brown patching throughout my lawn, what am I supposed to do?
A. With it being so early on in the season, the brown spots usually are not going to be from a dull mower blade or toxic chemicals spilled onto your lawn. If you have a pet and the brown spots are consistent with potty breaks, then you are going to want to apply gypsum to revive the area. If you don't have a dog or the spots are not consistent with his potty breaks and are along your sidewalk or driveway, then you may have salt kill from the winter. The recommended remedy for this is going to be to replace the dead area with our Highland Sod. If you want to really work at it and think it may have a fighting chance, you can rake the brown spots up and then apply our Jirik Sod Blend Seed, black dirt and then apply a low nitrogen fertilizer.

Understanding When to Fertilize Your Lawn

Early Spring (February - April)
If you are looking to achieve a year of green, healthy turf, starting your lawn off the right way in Spring is important. Feeding your lawn in the spring strengthens roots and gets it off to a good start before the heavy growing season. If you had crabgrass last year, apply a combination product that contains a pre-emergent to control crabgrass and a lawn feed. A good rule of thumb to follow is to feed your lawn in the Spring around the first time it needs to be mowed.

Late Spring (April - June)
Your grass is busy using up stored energy from the winterizer you may have applied late last fall. That's why you want to supply the lawn with a feeding designed for this time of year. Unfortunately, broad leaf weeds are actively growing, too. Hit them and feed your lawn with a combination of broad leaf weed control and all over feed.‚Äč

Summer (June - August)
Summer is tough on grass. Heat, drought, foot traffic and insects stress it out. Feeding your lawn in the summer protects and strengthens it against these problems. Lawns in warm-season grass areas should be fed over the summer months as they grow steadily from spring to fall. If you see insects in your grass, use a feeding product that also contains insect control.

Fall (September - November)
Fall brings back ideal growing conditions for your lawn. Cool nights, warm days, ample rainfall and morning dew are just about as good as it gets for grass. Now the lawn is ready to grow again and is looking for the nutrients it needs to recover from summer damage. Some experts will say this is the single most important lawn feeding of the year. Apply a Turf Builder right before the winter months, when grass is prepping for a winter nap. This will strengthen roots and increase nitrogen storage for an early spring green up and a healthier lawn next year. Following a general program like this one should improve your lawn.

Scott's Brand, found in most hardware stores, has a 4-step fertilizing program and has been recommended, also Gerten's Greenhouse, located in Inver Grove Heights, has a 4-step fertilizing program with good reviews. 
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