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Old 05-17-2018, 09:48 PM   #1
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Default Tips on laying st. Augustine

I have 14 pallets coming tommorow. What's the best way to lay it? Start at curb and work my way up to the house? Does north and south or east west matter? First timer here.

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Old 05-17-2018, 09:53 PM   #2
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Sorry couldn't resist. Dosent matter loosen soil slightly before laying, water,then light roll
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:53 PM   #3
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Start at house.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:54 PM   #4
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Rent a grass roller from Home Depot.

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Old 05-17-2018, 10:17 PM   #5
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It's all about how you prepare your soil. If you have time spread a 1/2 inch thick layer of a good quality compost. Lay sod on top and water water water!!! Due to the heat of the day you need to water at least every morning and night for half hour each. If sod doesn't get enough water roots cannot get established. Compost foundation will give it nutrients it needs to stay healthy thru summer.
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:59 PM   #6
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Sorry couldn't resist. Dosent matter loosen soil slightly before laying, water,then light roll
Check.

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Old 05-17-2018, 11:00 PM   #7
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Start at house.
House to curb? I was told curb to house. No?

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Old 05-17-2018, 11:03 PM   #8
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Rent a grass roller from Home Depot.

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This but rent some grass layers. I heard they hang out there some times.
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:13 PM   #9
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Stagger the seams. Buy some sand and mix with top soil to fill in any natural gaps. It will keep it from drying out the sides and roots. The roller from HD fills with water and will be a huge help in getting it level.
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:13 PM   #10
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We just started this at my brothers house this AM! Were working from the house out. Got his front yard done in no time (two pallets) but his backyard is a different story. Three pallets in and we havent even begun to make a dent in it. Weve rented a roller from Home Depot and its turning out pretty good.
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:40 AM   #11
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14 pallets? Screw that.
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:04 AM   #12
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Hopefully you have lot of help. Ask them when are they cutting the grass and how long do they say it can stay on the pallet? You may not want to get all 14 pallets at once of you are going at it with 1-2 guys.
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:09 AM   #13
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However Juan & Jose want to get it done.

That's a lot of grass to lay. Hope you have some help.
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:26 AM   #14
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:33 AM   #15
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pay someone to do it is the best tip I can give you. Laying grass sucks!!
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:39 AM   #16
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However Juan & Jose want to get it done.

That's a lot of grass to lay. Hope you have some help.
Lol, exactly my thought. 14 pallets on a 90+ degree day? No thanks. Grass can stay dead til November.
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:43 AM   #17
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It's all about how you prepare your soil. If you have time spread a 1/2 inch thick layer of a good quality compost. Lay sod on top and water water water!!! Due to the heat of the day you need to water at least every morning and night for half hour each. If sod doesn't get enough water roots cannot get established. Compost foundation will give it nutrients it needs to stay healthy thru summer.
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Stagger the seams. Buy some sand and mix with top soil to fill in any natural gaps. It will keep it from drying out the sides and roots. The roller from HD fills with water and will be a huge help in getting it level.
This!
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:46 AM   #18
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Some jobs are best left to professionals.
So I'm guessing the OP is under 40 years of age?
Good Luck,
as mentioned, fill in all cracks and water twice a day for a couple of weeks then once a day. Roots are not deep or established initially so twice a day for 30 minutes as stated should do it. Too much water will kill it, as well fertilizing too early, don't ask how I know.
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:23 AM   #19
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My wife and I laid 15 pallets at our previous house. Killed everything that was currently there, waited 2 weeks, tilled and leveled the entire yard. Worked from the house out so we didnt block access to the house. Kinda like painting yourself into a corner.


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Old 05-18-2018, 04:19 PM   #20
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House to curb? I was told curb to house. No?

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You saw mine. That was 34 pallets, and I am still short about 5. I started at the house/fence and worked to the curb. I am definitely not looking forward to my water bill.
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:15 PM   #21
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Make sure you water the pallets of sod if its not laid tomorrow. Best case is to make sure its all down the day you get it.

House to curb or curb to house doesnt matter. Just find a straight side and lay it down.
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Old 05-19-2018, 11:17 PM   #22
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I scraped my old weed/grass off with the FEL on my tractor.I do not have any implements at home for the tractor so I rented a rear tine and I tried to loosen the soil day before the sale at Sutherlands and that was a fail, ground was too hard. I bought 5 pallets of St Augustin florotam(sp?) and my son, my self and my sons friend helped. We laid it one day. Took me 2 weeks to recover, I was hurting. Anyways, my point is I did not have time to prep the right way but its growing fine. After getting it laid I poured the water to it, rolled it with my zero turn. I did curb to the house
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Old 05-20-2018, 10:54 PM   #23
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Old 05-21-2018, 08:21 AM   #24
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St Augustine likes a thin layer of cotton burr compost mixed in with the loosened soil. The compost underneath helps to hold water and let the new roots take hold. No need to fertilized until winter. Water water water but don't drown it.
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Old 05-21-2018, 10:20 AM   #25
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After 14 Pallets I hope you survived to make another post!
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Old 05-23-2018, 12:41 PM   #26
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when i was much younger dad bought several pallets to sod new yard... we laid out in checkerboard fashion and didn't take long for the grass to fill in the gaps.... he was and still is tight with the $$$
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Old 05-29-2018, 04:12 PM   #27
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I would have suggested parallel with the fall of the land. Like a rice field.

My dad was tighter that the above poster
We sprigged an acre with San Augustine pieces.

Good luck in this heat.

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Old 05-29-2018, 09:47 PM   #28
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First step is about nine undocumented workers from HomeDepot.

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Old 06-06-2018, 05:15 PM   #29
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Any good sources for cheap pallets of St. A around Houston?
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Old 06-06-2018, 05:40 PM   #30
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You can't put to much water on it, I repeat you can't!!! keep it wet until it roots down......
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Old 06-06-2018, 05:49 PM   #31
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Old 06-12-2018, 05:40 PM   #32
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be careful with the "you can't put to much water on it" statement. I just had 6 pallets put down on my lawn and I did put to much water on it. I lost about 1/4 of it to disease.
The first week you will want to water it twice a day and each time until it feels spongy under your feet. The second week back off to once a day and then the third week probably every other day or maybe every 2 days. Don't mow it for at least 3 weeks.

As for How to lay it, Id say start in an area with your longest straightest line and work it in a triangular pattern towards the other side. Drop it down and kick it into place. Use a heavy flat shovel to make your cuts and you will be good to go.
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Old 06-19-2018, 11:28 AM   #33
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The best thing to remember is to water it very well every day after you put it out for the first 2-3 weeks...you could also fertilize it using a winter type fertilizer.
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