Turfgrass sod at mcdonalds

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Here is a nice example of our el toro zoysia sod being preferred for its low maintenance and durability. 

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Topdressing Turfgrass Lawns

It is a good practice to topdress at least annually. Topdressing is the process of adding new material to your existing lawn. Due to erosion and/or mineral depletion your soil can become a less rich growing environment over time.

We usually topdress with a combination of clean, screened soil, sand, and organic compost.

Q&A for Topdressing:

Question: How much can I topdress at one time?

Answer: It depends upon what medium you are topdressing with. Sand, for instance, we recommend about 1 inch or less at a time. Compost can be added more heavily to about 2 inches. Pure soil shouldn’t be added more than 1/2 inch at a time.

Question: I have Seashore Paspalum at my house (I live near the beach) and my soil is almost pure sand. How will topdressing help me?

Answer: By topdressing with soils and compost you can change the makeup of your growing medium. By adding soil to the top of your lawn you are allowing the grass to grow upwards and use the new soil as a growing medium. Over time you can add several inches of pure soil / compost to your sand. This will save you on water – no longer will water simply drain through the grass and into the sand so quickly.

Question: I have some problems with my grade (small potholes, footprints etc) left in my lawn. Can topdressing help with these?

Answer: Absolutely. You can use either pure sand or a mixture of sand/compost (50/50 is fine). Add about 1/2 inch to 1 inch to your existing lawn. Water extremely heavily right after topdressing to allow the mixture to settle into the low spots. This is the method golf courses use to get such perfect grades.

Question: My lawn tends to brown out in spots. Should I fertilize these areas? Plant new grass (seeds, stolons or something?) in these areas, or what?

Answer: It is always good to use a balanced fertilizer (16/16/16) every 2 months or so to keep your lawn at its peak. However, you may be facing an erosion issue. Often mere foot traffic is enough to wear away the soil from the grass roots and thereby cause damage to the grass. By adding new soil you ameliorate this problem. And, if you are using compost in your topdressing mix, you are fertilizing at the same time!

Question: Where can I buy topdressing materials?

Answer: For smaller jobs we recommend the mix sold by Menehune Magic. They have a location in Kailua and another in Campbell Industrial. For larger areas (over 3 or 4 yards needed) it may be more cost effective to purchase from us. We are constantly topdressing our fields and therefore have a constant supply of pre-screened, pre-mixed materials. We also have a dump truck, topdresser, and loader.

Question: What is the recommended method for topdressing?

Answer: For residential yards simply use a wheelbarrow and drop small amounts all over your yard then rake it to get a consistent spread. Once you are done water it well – for an hour or so – until you have standing water or as close to it as possible. This allows the low spots to get filled in.

For more questions feel free to contact us anytime.

Mahalo,

Eric BW

Green Turf Hawaii 777-0818

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Beachside house complete!

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New netafim drip system, new irrigation system, removed 15 yards of sand, added 8 yards organic compost, graded and installed el toro zoysia sod.

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Salt tolerance

Next week we will be doing an installation on a beachside house using el toro zoysia. While it doesn’t have thesalt tolerance that seashore paspalum does, it can stilltolerate a high degree of salinity.

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Sod Installation and Related Services

“We provide a full range of installation services including yard preparation involving killing your existing weeds, adding compost, and rototilling. We also provide expert irrigation services.

Weed Extermination
Genocide is usually considered a bad thing, except when it comes to weeds! We use a combination of QuickPro by Roundup, Image and Nature’s Helper to kill local weed varieties (california grass, bermuda, sedges (nutgrasses), etc).

Compost
We use soil conditioner supplied by Menehune Magic as this is guaranteed to be weed free. We usually add between one and one and a half inches of soil conditioner before rototilling it in.

Rototilling
We rototill to a depth of six inches using a reverse tine, rear tine tiller. This method of tilling breaks up your existing soil (even adobe clay) and leaves you with a fine, powdery soil medium.

Irrigation Services
We can supply you with a commercially rated product line or standard residential products. The commercial grade will last longer but cost more. In either case, we will design an irrigation system which provides you with uniform coverage (not too much water in some areas and too little in others) and we test each system to ensure 100% coverage.  Special situations are no problem – low water pressure, irrigating hillsides, combining drip with heads, etc.

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Growing Sod on Plastic vs. Growing Sod in the Soil

There is much debate in the local sod industry concerning whether it is better to buy sod grown on plastic or sod grown in soil.  Here is a rundown on the pros and cons of each method (note: we grow primarily in the soil but do grow some on plastic as well).

Plastic
Overview: plastic sheeting is applied over a gravel base to provide a flat surface to grow on. Compost is then placed on the plastic and the grass is grown in the compost.
Benefits:
1. The plastic provides a barrier to prevent weeds from coming from below ground. However, weeds can still come from the compost itself or may be airborne.
2. Assuming the gravel base is properly graded, the sod should be very even in thickness.
3. The sod can be harvested in the rain.
4. The sod contains a full set of roots (the rhizome base is not cut during harvesting), reducing shock potential.
Drawbacks:
1. There is very little beneficial biological activity in the compost medium.
2. The root layer has been conditioned to growing horizontally instead of vertically, making for a shallower growing grass that may have reduced drought tolerance once replanted.
3. Typically this type of sod costs more since the production costs are higher.

Soil
Overview: compost is mixed with sand along with screened soil and this combination of soils becomes the growing medium for the sod.
Benefits:
1. There is a lot of beneficial biological activity that can be transferred to your lawn.
2. The roots are conditioned to growing deep and vertically providing sod that will have excellent drought tolerance.
3. More complete and balanced growing medium.
4. Lower cost of production means lower purchase price for the customer.
Drawbacks:
1. Can’t be harvested in the rain for fear of damaging the existing grade of the sod farm.

Our personal philosophy on the subject is this: why buy sod grown on plastic only to put it in the ground anyway? If it were true that sod grown in the ground is no good (as many plastic growers will tell you), then doesn’t that mean if you buy their sod, plant it in your ground, that is now devalued, contaminated, tainted, no good? That argument makes no sense. We grow some sod on plastic strictly so that if we get an order and it is raining, we still have something to harvest.

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El Toro Zoysia and Seashore Paspalum Sod Info

El Toro Zoysia
Currently, El Toro Zoysia is the most popular turfgrass in Hawaii. Its many benefits include:
Excellent drought tolerance – once established it requires very infrequent watering.
Excellent shade tolerance similar to St. Augustine sod – 2 hours of light per day is sufficient.
Very strong weed fighting ability (it literally chokes out competitive weed varieties).
Slow growth ensures you won’t have to mow it often (once/week summer, bi-weekly in the winter)
Uniform color – it doesn’t show mixed colors like many other turfgrasses
Variable cut lengths – can be cut low with a reel mower to give a fairway look or cut long with a rotary mower
Herbicide tolerance – it resists most herbicides to ward off any encroaching weeds
Low maintenance – does not require much fertilizing

Seashore Paspalum
Seashore is a popular turfgrass known for its fine texture, excellent color and salt tolerance. Its benefits include:
Salt tolerance – can tolerate salty air such as that found on oceanfront properties
Moderate weed fighting ability
Variable cut lengths – it can look like a putting green when cut with a reel mower or can be cut long
Softness – it is a very soft grass excellent for walking or laying on.
Downsides: requires over 3 hours sunlight per day, grows quickly requiring frequent mowing, moderate maintenance.”

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Who We Are, What We Do

Green Turf Hawaii is a sod farm specializing in growing and selling El Toro Zoysia and Seashore Paspalum sod varieties. We place an emphasis on quality while ensuring that our prices are unmatched locally.

We also provide expert installation, irrigation and yard preparation (rototilling, amendments, grading, weed control) services at unmatched prices.

We offer free deliveries on all orders over $150 and all work is warranted for a period of 2 years.

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