1. I understand there are different types of Zoysia.  In our front yard, we get full sun on the front half, but the back half gets shade under tall pine trees.  Is there a variety you recommend?  Most varieties of zoysia typically need at least 4 hours of sunlight for the shady areas. The most popular at a reasonable price point is emerald zoysia. It has a fine blade and stays close to the ground so you don’t have to cut too often. If you are seeking the best zoysia, I would recommend zeon zoysia. It is the most versitile, shade tolerant, lowest maintenance, weed resistant, but also the most expensive. The customers who order zeon zoysia seem be loyalist and claim that the price is worth it because they save on the long term maintenance.
  1. Where do you source the sod? I source it from local suppliers who then end users can get it from, except I usually get a better deal because I buy from them often, a contractors rate. Call me for the specific suppliers, so I know you aren’t just a competitor gathering business intelligence..  Are you able to arrange the schedule to minimize time between the cutting at the sod farm and the installation? Yes,  we lay the sod the same day it is cut. It is usually cut and shipped around 4am the same morning.
  2. Does the sod come with a Georgia Crop Improvement Association (GCIA) “blue tag” certification? I don’t know and have never been asked that questions.  I would imagine so since these are reputable suppliers of the Atlanta area. The bottom line is the sod looks great and have plenty of customers to testify to that.
  3. What all is included in the labor? Labor includes preping the soil, fertilizing/liming soil, raking out debris hindering the roots from establishing in the soil, leveling and grading, lay sod, edging/cutting sod according to beds, rolling sod with sod roller, and clean up. 
  4. Your price sheet online shows additional charges for rolling for 1,2, and 3 pallets.  Does your quote include rolling?  What do you use to do the rolling? yes, it includes rolling.  We use a big barrel shape container that fills with water and pulled by one of us. If you want something bigger to roll it we can get the tactor type with more weight but will come at extra rental expense.
  5. We already have a sprinkler system.  How do you protect against damage to that? 811 is called for marking utilities and we mark sprinkler heads with flags to avoid it and we till no deeper than 2 inches.Just enough to scape up existing vegitation and loosen soil for roots to grab on too.
  6. We have had challenges with fungus/disease with the fescue.  Is there anything you would recommend we do to minimize the risk of similar issues with the zoysia? Yes, try not to water before dark but early in the morning
  7. I believe a large part of the issue with the fescue is the soil, which for the most part is hard Georgia red clay.  Should I plan to get a truck load of topsoil/composte, and have you mix that in when you till of the soil? That would be a good idea. I leave that optional for customers to decide. If a customer is on a budget we can loosen and condition the PH with lime and fertilizer to make it work but soil is recommended. 
  8. Are there any warranties / guarantees offered?  For example, guarantees to come back and fix any disease/fungus, weeds, other types of grass invading into the zoysia during the first couple years? I can’t guarantee against weeds because weeds are always a threat. That is part of your personal maintenance and care – to pick weeds(the more labor intensive way), or spray weed killer. Fungus can be minimized by watering in morning, and not at night. I mean we can come back for a follow up but it is usually a follow up cost/service call for averaging around $70. Or it could be included in sod installation quote for one follow up visit. Most of our suppliers have a 30 day replacement policy for any bad pieces of sod. As a sod installer, we guarantee our worksmanship of doing the job right.