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 versatile, 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.

2. 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..  

3. 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.

4. 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. I learned through trial and error of who not to buy sod from early in our career and learned this through experience the  hard way- when the sod was cut into thin squares that crumble in our hands. As a result, nobody is was happy. That is why I source from these particular sod farms that I use now. They are cut with a thick layer of topsoil under it and cut into long rolls to minimize the seams for a cosmetically attractive look upon completion

5. What all is included in the labor?

Labor includes prepping 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. 

6.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, price includes rolling. Just keep in mind our suppliers prices fluctuate sometime and may not be that exact price but no more than a $20 variance usually. We use a big barrel shape container that fills with water and pulled by one of us and guessing it weighs around 400 lbs. It does a good job of flattening the sod to the soil while reducing lumps. This eliminate any air pockets where sod is not touching the soil.  If you want something bigger to roll it we can get the tactor type roller with more weight but will come at extra rental expense.

7. We already have a sprinkler system.  How do you protect against damage to that?

You or me calls 811  for marking utilities and we mark sprinkler heads with flags to avoid tilling 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.

8. 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

9. 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/compost, and have you mix that in when you till of the soil?

That would be a good idea and will  leave that optional for customers to decide. If a customer is on a budget we can loosen and condition the PH of existing soil/red clay with lime and fertilizer to make it work but soil is recommended if it is too rocky and hard. Consider it as an enhanced option.  

10. 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 after the sod is laid.  That is part of your personal maintenance and care after the sod is laid– to pick weeds(the more labor intensive way), or spray weed killer. Before you invest in sod, ask yourself if you are willing to maintain it or have a service take care of it. 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. We will always be there to advise you on what to do to for common maintenance issues. Most of our suppliers have a 30 day replacement policy for any bad pieces of sod. As a sod installer, we guarantee our workmanship of doing the job right. We encourage you to be on sight to watch our installation process, ask questions, and scrutinize us.